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Consumer Reports, the respected magazine that has advised Americans on everything from new car purchases to which electric can opener to buy, has published a list of birth-control options that includes abortion, complete with a section describing how the procedure gets rid of a pregnant mother’s “uterine contents.”
The main report, which is available in the February issue and online, analyzes various brands of condoms for strength and reliability.
Along with the condom report, Consumer Reports provides both a comparative guide to other contraceptive methods and a page entitled “Birth control: More and safer choices,” which includes discussion of abortion.
Some pro-life activists are shocked at the magazine’s promotion of abortion as a birth-control method.
“There were no details of the risks of abortion like breast cancer or mental anguish, no pro-life alternatives like adoption, nothing,” reader Marc Smulowitz commented to WND. “Just a soulless ‘consumer report’ as if they were recommending the acquisition of the latest blender.”
Smulowitz is a long-time magazine subscriber who says he will be canceling his subscription to Consumer Reports.
Judie Brown, president of American Life League, pointed out that the section on abortion failed to list any of the procedure’s downsides.
“They did not talk about any of the serious side effects,” she told WND. “There’s so much information now available regarding the risks and horrors these women face.”
Continued Brown: “There’s no reason in the world for Consumer Reports to do anything but be honest, and they were anything but honest.”
The activist also criticized the report for failing to point out that one of the ways the birth-control pill works is by changing the lining of the uterus, which prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the lining, thus destroying the developing life. This occurs if one of the first two effects of the pill – preventing ovulation and causing the mucus in the cervix to change so sperm cannot enter – does not occur. The report did include the first two effects in its “how it works” section.
Brown says she is urging people not to buy Consumer Reports and to contact the magazine about its presentation of abortion.
“Mainstream America has always relied on Consumer Reports for the objective facts with regard to products,” she said, “and now all of a sudden they’re advocating killing.”
The condoms story looks at the quality of 23 different products, with a Durex model coming in No. 1. Interestingly, two prophylactics distributed by Planned Parenthood, the top abortion provider in the nation, came in dead last in the condom competition.
“Women having an abortion in the U.S. can choose one of two methods: the so-called abortion pill or a surgical procedure,” the abortion section of the “birth control choices” page states.
After a discussion of the abortion drug RU-486, the piece goes on to describe methods of surgical abortions.
“Vacuum aspiration, also known as suction curettage, is the standard surgical abortion method in the U.S. for pregnancies in the first trimester, when 88 percent of legal abortions take place,” the report states.
“The cervix is enlarged to a diameter of about a half-inch, either by use of dilating rods or the drug misoprostol. The uterine contents are sucked out using a manual or electrical pump while the woman is under local anesthesia. Some women may have cramps afterward, and also intermittent bleeding for a week or two.”
Finally, Consumer Reports states what it claims are risk statistics for abortion:
“In the U.S., the fatality risk with mifepristone (RU-486) is slightly less than 1 per 100,000 cases, compared with 0.1 per 100,000 for surgical abortion at 8 weeks or less. Pregnancy itself carries a fatality risk of 11.8 per 100,000.”
Smulowitz criticized the use of the mortality rates, saying the magazine is “almost inferring that [abortion] is the better choice. I am surprised in their reporting to the ‘consumer’ they didn’t show a cost analysis as to how killing your baby is a lot less expensive than raising your child and family.”
Besides the abortion information, the piece advises people needing “emergency contraception” to contact Planned Parenthood via the Internet.
A leader in the consumer-advisory industry since 1936, Consumer Reports is published by the nonprofit Consumers Union. It takes no advertising, saying its mission is to “work for a fair, just and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.”
A spokeswoman for Consumer Reports did not return a request for comment by press time.