The 23 year old I talked to today who just had her third baby has had two previous children, one ectopic pregnancy, 2 miscarriages, and 3 induced abortions. This baby was born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation. The risk of delivering prematurely is increased significantly when a woman has had greater than or equal to 2 induced abortions. In other words, it is possible that if this woman had used birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancies instead of using abortions to end unwanted pregnancies, this baby might have been born at term.
I don't want to get into the whole abortion thing, at least not today, but I'm sure that some of my readers think it is okay for women to have abortions and some do not. Regardless of where we stand on the abortion issue, though, I hope we can all agree that abortion should not be used as the primary method of birth control. There are far easier and safer ways to do that.
The bleeding heart liberal side of me wants to feel sorry for these moms and try to understand why they don't use birth control properly, but the frustrated, responsible side of me just wants to chew them out. For crying out loud, take care of yourself, and act like a human being instead of an animal.
I feel better now. I probably won't address the birth control issue with mom, because I know the OB's hit it pretty hard, but if it comes up in conversation I will give it a plug. But I don't think it will make much difference.