Many couples use contraception in order to avoid pregnancy. It is promoted as a remedy to avoid abortion but, in fact, this is not always the case.
- Every culture which has opened the doors to contraception has experienced an increased incidence of abortion.
- The connection is evident in the fact that both IUDs and contraceptive pills are known to have abortifacient capacities.
- Emergency contraception pills prevent an embryo from implanting in the uterine wall.
- Contraception takes the baby-making element out of sexual intercourse, when it fails, abortion is seen as the solution.
- Abortion is now defended as a form of birth control.
Abortion and contraception are linked by a common mentality. Pope John Paul II wrote in his encyclical The Gospel of Life, "It is frequently asserted that contraception, if made safe and available to all, is the most effective remedy against abortion.
"The Catholic Church is then accused of actually promoting abortion, because she obstinately continues to teach the moral unlawfulness of contraception. When looked at carefully, this objection is clearly unfounded.
"It may be that many people use contraception with a view to excluding the subsequent temptation of abortion. But the negative values inherent in the "contraceptive mentality" - which is very different from responsible parenthood, lived in respect for the full truth of the conjugal act - are such that they in fact strengthen this temptation when an unwanted life is conceived.
"Indeed, the pro-abortion culture is especially strong precisely where the Church's teaching on contraception is rejected" (n. 13).
They are linked sociologically.
Every culture and subculture which has opened the doors to contraception has likewise experienced an increased practice of abortion. The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a research division of Planned Parenthood, indicates the following as the main reasons women offer for their abortions.
"On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: (i) that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about (ii) they cannot afford a child; and (iii) they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner" (from the website www.agi-usa.org).
They are sometimes linked by being identical.
It has been known for many years now that certain "contraceptives" actually act as abortifacients.
The connection between contraception and abortion is evident in the fact that both IUDs and contraceptive pills are known to have abortifacient capacities.
Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, (Vol. 146, 1987) Dr Alan Trounson and Professor Karl Wood called for greater freedom to carry out destructive experiments on human embryos on the grounds that the community already accepted he use of "intrauterine devices which kill early embryos".
The fact that the Pill can act as an abortifacient was well documented by John Wilks in his 1996 book A Consumers Guide to the Pill and Other Drugs (TGB Books, Melbourne). The Pill acts as a contraceptive when it suppresses ovulation or when it prevents the sperm reaching the egg by altering female secretions.
However, if these modes of operation fail, the Pill can still act to prevent implantation of the fertilised egg in which case it induces an abortion. In Chapter 1 of the book, Wilks presents the scientific data pointing to the abortifacient nature of the Pill.
Jill Stanek, who become a leader in the Illinois conservative movement fighting to stop "live birth abortions" after witnessing one while on nursing duty, has this to say: