Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the episcopate's Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, assailed the report on unintended pregnancy issued by the Guttmacher Institute.
"Without any evidence, the report just asserts that increased access to contraception reduces the number of unintended pregnancies and therefore abortions," said McQuade. "But that assumption is unwarranted.
"California and New York, ranked among the top states for access to contraception, also have the highest abortion rates in the country. The facts simply don't support what Planned Parenthood and its research affiliate would like us to believe."
McQuade continued: "Many studies actually show that abortions decrease when states enact modest regulations on abortion -- regulations opposed by Planned Parenthood, such as public funding bans, informed consent requirements and parental involvement laws."
"Where contraceptives are widely available, abortion is a common backup to failed birth control," the bishops' aide noted. "Even Guttmacher admits that 54% of abortions nationwide in 2000 'occur among ... women who were using contraceptives in the month they became pregnant.'"