If you’ve been paying attention at all to the Contraception Mandate debacle, you have mostly likely heard a liberal politician, pro-choice advocate, or TV talking head, say that the Catholic Church’s stance on birth control is hypocritical because “98% of Catholic women use contraception.” However, the study they are citing has some serious bias and methodology flaws.
The first problem is that the study was conducted by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, which is closely associated with Planned Parenthood and NARAL. It seems to defy logic that such a biased source would produce results that could be taken seriously. This bias turns into an even bigger problem when we look at the methodology used in the study.
When you do a poll, the idea is to get a number of responses that will accurately represent the certain sector of society that you wish to study–whether that be a sector based on religion, ideology, socio-economic status, or political party. The whole point of a poll is to show an accurate picture, but if you choose to limit certain factors, you can seriously bias your results.
This is exactly what happened in the Guttmacher study. Instead of polling “all Catholic women” to accurately measure the actions of “all Catholic women,” they selectively took certain women out of the polling data. Here are some examples:
Only women that were sexually active in the past 3 months were included in the poll, effectively taking out all women who follow the Catholic belief of preserving their virginity for marriage.
Women that were trying to get pregnant, were currently pregnant, or had just given birth were not polled, meaning that a large sector of Catholic women who clearly are NOT using contraception were excluded.
When you exclude women whose lifestyle or choices would be contrary to the finding you have in mind, of course you will get the results that you want. This is why biased studies such as the one from the Guttmacher Institute are NOT an accurate representation of women in general, and certainly not of Catholic women.
Obama and his media minions are relying on false results to misinform the American public on a very important issue regarding religious freedom. We must speak up and refute these false claims!