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i recently got a job as a clinic tech at a planned parenthood clinic and will be starting my formal training next week.  (i have been a volunteer there for the last 2 months.)  this is not my first job in the reproductive health field, but it is my first time working with patients face to face, and i am VERY excited about it.  i feel like planned parenthood is a leader in providing affordable and accessible reproductive health care, and i am honored to be a part of that program.

our clinic is a non-abortion facility, so all we do is prevention.  as a tech i will be dispensing birth control, scheduling appointments, counseling morning after pill patients, giving depo shots/pregnancy tests, providing general bc/ec/std/hiv info, and prepping patients and exam rooms for general gyn care.  i will also have the option of getting hiv pre- and post- test counselor certified.

this really is my dream job.  i have always believed in a womans right to have an abortion, but i also believe that it is most ethical and efficient to try to prevent as many abortions as possible with effective sex education programs and easily accessible birth control methods.  i have been a little disappointed that most of my fellow clinic techs support the mission of pp (they have to to work there), but not with the same passion that i do.  for them its more 'just a job,' and it does show sometimes.

but my goal in working at this pp clinic is to reach girls before they a pregnant with a baby that they dont want or didnt intend to have.  not to mention, before they catch some std that they cant get rid of.  i know some days i will be more successful than other days.  and i know that i will meet girls with stories that make me cringe.  but i also know that those girls i do reach will keep me going.
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Many congratulations on getting such a great job that you wanted! I wish you all the luck in the world. I'm so glad that you're willing to work on preventing the reasons why so many people opt for abortions in the first place rather than just trying to eliminate it as an option. :) Keep up the awesome work and good luck in your new job. Hopefully you'll inspire other people to have the same passion about it as you do.
thank you for your kind words and thoughts.
"I'm so glad that you're willing to work on preventing the reasons why so many people opt for abortions in the first place rather than just trying to eliminate it as an option."

I found this interesting because abortions increase with contraception as people begin to view it as "child free sex" and use abortion when it fails.
since you are a member of this community, i feel that it is important for you to know that family planning programs and contraceptives have been proven effective in "aborting abortion".

Family Planning Prevents Abortion - http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/pop/publications/docs/preventab.pdf

Contraceptive Use and Induced Abortion in Japan - http://iussp2005.princeton.edu/download.aspx?submissionId=51736
(comparing figures 2 and 6 at the end of this study are very telling)

Contraceptive Use Helps Reduce the Incidence of Abortion - http://www.populationaction.org/resources/factsheets/FS29_Abortion_FINAL.pdf

Abortion and Contraceptive Use in Turkey - http://pdf.dec.org/pdf_docs/PNACM166.pdf
(figure 1 highlights a decrease in abortion as reliance on modern birth control methods has increased)

Fertility Transition, Contraceptive Use, and Abortion in Rural Bangladesh - http://www.policyproject.com/pubs/commissionedresearch/icddrb.pdf
(this is my favorite kind of study - comparing 2 similar villages, one that had a family planning clinic, and one that didnt. the village with the FP clinic had higher contraceptive use and lower abortion rates than the village without a FP clinic.)

Contraceptive Use Is Key to Reducing Abortion Worldwide - http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/tgr/06/4/gr060407.html

there are many more studies like these that highlight the importance of family planning programs in reducing abortion rates. i dont deny that it is a hotly debated issue and that there are many factors involved. for example, when contraceptives are first introduced, they are generally less effective than the modern methods we have here in america. this can lead to an initial increase in abortion rates, but they almost always decline over time as birth control methods are improved.

please let me know if you have any questions about those studies or about this topic in general. i think it is a very important discussion and there is a lot of great information out there.
I am not against all birth control, but I am against all contraceptive use. My husband and I practice NFP, which is essentially charting my fertility and and having sex during infertile times to prevent pregnancy(God willing) and fertile times to attempt to get pregnant. It is surprising to us that it is so absolutely successful for us and a great deal of couples we know using it.


My sources came from various government documents in a public library:

International Family Planning Perspectives included an article about the relation between abortion and contraception: “In six others [countries], Cuba, Denmark, Netherlands, the United States, Singapore, and the Republic of Korea—levels of abortion and contraceptive use rose simultaneously” (Marston, Cleland 1). With the availability of contraception, there is the availability of sex without babies, so if contraception fails, the desire to dispose of the unwanted child increases and abortion is often used. The rate of abortion in our country has increased with the rise of contraception.

The National Center for Health statistics reported the birth rate for unmarried women is increasing: “From 1940 to 1957, the rate nearly tripled. Over the next 13 years, the rate generally increased, slowly at first and then more rapidly from 1966 to 1970. [. . .] The pace of increase was especially rapid from 1985 to 1990” (3). So this is evidence that pregnancies, perhaps considered “illegitimate”, have been increasing as well. In 1982, the US Department of Health and Human Services printed a graph showing the increasing rate of divorces and annulments from 1960 to 1980 (14). If “better marriages” means lasting marriages, then this prediction has also been disproved. This evidence shows that the technology of artificial birth control has not done for society what was originally hoped for.

WORKS CITED
Marston, Cicely and John Cleland. Relationships between contraception and abortion: A review of the evidence. “International Family Planning Perspectives.” v29. March 2003. n.p.: Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2003. 6-14. 15 April 2003.
<http://0web2.infotrac.galegroup.com.whitelib.emporia.edu/itw/infomark/667/642/36234955w2/purl=rc2_EAIM_1_Relationships+between+contraception+and+abortion_________________________________________________________&dyn=2!sg_df_Relationships+between+contraception+and+abortion______ Ventura, SJ. National Center for Health Statistics. Births to unmarried mothers. Vital and Health Statisics. v 21 no. 53. (1995) Bachrach, C. A. and M.C. Horn. National Center for Health Statistics. Married and Unmarried Couples. Vital and Health Statistics. v 23 no. 15. (1982) Coontz, Stephanie. Nostalgia as ideology. “The American Prospect.” v13. April 8, 2002. n.p.: The American Prospect, Inc, 2002. 12 April 2003. <http://0web1.infotrac.galegroup.com.whitelib.emporia.edu/itw/infomark/986/220/35368011w1/purl=rc1_EAIM_0_A84838970&dyn=93!xrn_1_0_A84838970?sw_aep=empsu_web Packard, Vance Oakley. The People Shapers. np: Library of Congress Catologing in Publication Data, 1977. Anyway, the original comment was made for alaitallon, not meant to be hurtful toward you or your job. Even though I do not support contraception, I certainly feel it is a "lesser evil" than abortion....and after all, sadly enough, abortion is some people's contraception which is really scary and sad.
okay, i am a little confused by your post, but i really want to understand.

where did you actually get this information from? because i found the original "Relationships between contraception and abortion: A review of the evidence" article online, and this is what it says in full context:

"RESULTS: In seven countries-Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Tunisia and Switzerland-abortion incidence declined as prevalence of modern contraceptive use rose. In six others-Cuba, Denmark, Netherlands, the United States, Singapore and the Republic of Korea-levels of abortion and contraceptive use rose simultaneously. In all six of these countries, however, overall levels of fertility were falling during the period studied. After fertility levels stabilized in several of the countries that had shown simultaneous rises in contraception and abortion, contraceptive use continued to increase and abortion rates fell. The most clear-cut example of this trend is the Republic of Korea.

CONCLUSIONS: Rising contraceptive use results in reduced abortion incidence in settings where fertility itself is constant. The parallel rise in abortion and contraception in some countries occurred because increased contraceptive use alone was unable to meet the growing need for fertility regulation in situations where fertility was falling rapidly."

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/2900603.pdf

i would be very leery of your source because this article mentions nothing about the increase in abortions being a result of an increase in the notion that you can have "sex without babies".

please get back to me on this, i really want to know where you got this information from. it is obvious that they were not telling you the whole story.
Something happened to my works cited and only 1 of several appeared....I will add them again.

The "sex without babies" quote is mine. All of this came out of a paper I wrote three years back. I went to the library and pulled files from the US documents section, and searched a ESU's library online as well. Anything after the parenthesis and before the next quote or information is mine.

Let's try the works cited again....

Bachrach, C. A. and M.C. Horn. National Center for Health Statistics. Married and Unmarried Couples. Vital and Health Statistics. v 23 no. 15. (1982)

Coontz, Stephanie. Nostalgia as ideology. “The American Prospect.” v13. April 8, 2002.
n.p.: The American Prospect, Inc, 2002. 12 April 2003.

Marston, Cicely and John Cleland. Relationships between contraception and abortion: A review of the evidence. “International Family Planning Perspectives.” v29. March 2003. n.p.: Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2003. 6-14. 15 April 2003.

Packard, Vance Oakley. The People Shapers. np: Library of Congress Catologing in Publication Data, 1977.

Ventura, SJ. National Center for Health Statistics. Births to unmarried mothers. Vital and Health Statisics. v 21 no. 53. (1995)
amazing.

so basically you misquoted a bunch of information to suit your own preconceived notions about contraceptives and called it a paper?

*rolls eyes and walks away*

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thanks!!
That sounds like a wonderful job. I wish there were more places focusing on the cause rather than the effect.
awesome!! I wish you the best and i hope you enjoy it :D
killer!!!!