We understand some medical issues may lead to an abortion, including an impending miscarriage, birth defects or the pregnancy posing a serious danger to the mother’s health or life. But abortion is not the way of escape.
According to the Guttmacher Institute’s recent study in US, the top 3 reasons of abortions are:
- Negative impact on the mother’s life
- Financial instability
- Relationship problems/ Unwillingness to be a single mother
In U.K., the largest abortion provider explained recent data that shows half of all U.K. women seeking abortion used contraception by admitting that abortion is another form of birth control. Can you believe it?
Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said:
When you encourage women to use contraception, you give them the sense that they can control their fertility…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.
Abortion shouldn’t be viewed as an option unless it’s life threatening. There are so many women who are not aware that natural birth control is possible. If you do it right, you won’t not end up killing your own babies.
In Singapore, although the abortion rate has been declining, 8,515 (Statistics on year 2014) was still consider a lot. Common practice for birth control is the using of contraceptive pills. But there are some many side effects.
Hormonal contraception can cause side effects which may mask the symptoms of pregnancy, including suppressing menstrual bleeding completely, or causing irregular or light periods. Women using a method of contraception may also not identify their pregnancy at an earlier stage because they, unlike those not using any method of contraception, had not anticipated falling pregnant.
A “fact sheet” released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) states, “Contraceptive use is already virtually universal among women of reproductive age,” and that “contraceptives often fail to prevent pregnancy.”
In the first 12 months of contraceptive use, 16.4% of teens will become pregnant. If the teen is cohabiting, the pregnancy (or “failure”) rate rises to 47%. Among low-income cohabiting teens, the failure rate is 48.4% for birth control pills and 71.7% for condoms.
Forty-eight percent of women with unintended pregnancies and 54% of women seeking abortions were using contraception in the month they became pregnant.
The USCCB also observes, “Studies show that greater access to contraception does not reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions.”
“Increasing access to contraception gives teens a false sense of security, leading to earlier onset of sexual activity and more sexual partners, which counteracts any reduction in unintended pregnancies,” the bishops add.