Recent research has revealed that contraception is not as effective as people may believe.
A recent report from the Medical Journal of Australia found that many who had used some form of contraception ended up becoming pregnant anyway. The data published in the report comes from the results of a national, random survey of Australian women aged 18 to 45, according to AJP News.
The report continues:
Most women who had unintended pregnancies (205 of 362, 56.6%) reported not having used contraception at the time. Of the 150 women (41.4%) who had an unintended pregnancy while using contraception, 96 (64%) had used oral contraceptives and 40 (26.9%) had used condoms as their primary methods; nine (6%) were using long-acting reversible contraception.
The researchers warned that while nearly one in five women who had been pregnant reported an abortion, this number was likely lower than the actual figure due to “under-reporting on this sensitive topic”.
In other words, four in 10 women facing an unplanned pregnancy were using contraception at the time, according to the report.
This is not the first time that studies have shown the failures of contraception. In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, reported an increase in abortions, despite increased use of contraception.
Not only does contraception have a spotty track record for preventing pregnancy, but it has led to some other harmful side effects through the years.
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Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee turned pro-life advocate, discusses the risks of contraception on her website. Some hazardous risks of “the pill,” a known group-1 carcinogen, are breast, cervical and liver cancers, as well as heart attacks.
Meanwhile, reductions in contraception have connections to reductions in teen pregnancy and abortion. A 2017 study from the Journal of Health Economics found that recent budget cuts in Great Britain’s sex-education program were correlated with statistically significant reductions in both the teen pregnancy rate and the teen abortion rate.
Regardless of the pro-abortion movement’s insistence on contraception, it has shown time and time again that it is not the best way to prevent pregnancy. Thomas Peters of CatholicVote.org says the contraception-to-prevent-abortion argument is weak.
“When faced with the raw numbers that contraceptive use does not rule out ‘unplanned’ pregnancies, Planned Parenthood responds by saying we need more contraceptive use. That’s like a textbook definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result,” Peters said.