PBA302H: Contraceptives, Abortifacients, Pills

UTSFL is neutral on the morality of contraception, however the question will arise and we do need to consider some of the issues involved with contraception that relate to the abortion question.

We need to understand the relationship between various forms of birth control and abortion as a backup to failed birth control. No form of birth control is 100% effective and preventing pregnancy after intercourse, and thus any approach to social relationships that involves intercourse but not the possibility of a children will inevitable raise the abortion question.

Some Contraceptives Are Abortifacients

Abortion Providers Report Most of their Clients Were Using Contraception

Ann Furedi, bpas Chief Executive, said:

The answer to unsafe abortion is not contraception, it is safe abortion. When you encourage women to use contraception, you give them the sense that they can control their fertility – but if you do not provide safe abortion services when that contraception fails you are doing them a great disservice. Our data shows women cannot control their fertility through contraception alone, even when they are using some of the most effective methods. Family planning is contraception and abortion. Abortion is birth control that women need when their regular method lets them down.


Do Contraceptives Reduce the Abortion Rate?


Review: Chemical Abortions

These are direct forms of abortion, where the only purpose of these drugs is to cause the death of the child, versus contraceptives which may have the possibility to also act as abortifacients, but may be taken without knowing whether or not a child has been created yet.

A medical (or chemical) abortion is a non-surgical form of abortion in which the woman takes pills containing Mifepristone (RU-486) and Misoprostol (or Cytotec) to end the life of the baby. This procedure is performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. The drugs are approved by the FDA for use up to ten weeks since the first day of her last menstrual period (LMP).