Organizations which promote contraception have failed miserably at decreasing the number of abortions and overall rate of adolescent pregnancy in Canada – both of which have continually risen since the late 1960s.  Birth rates among teenage girls have decreased because of the man pre-born children who have been aborted, rather than because of the use of contraception.

In a nationwide U.S. study “91 per cent of women who had abortions had used a method of contraception at some time in their lives while 51 per cent were using one during the month in which they conceived”  (Family Planning Perspectives, July/August 1988).

Paul Sachdev, Professor of Social Work at Canada’s Memorial University, interviewed 130 single women who had had abortions in 1985.  Eighty to 85 per cent had “fair to good” knowledge of contraceptives.  None had difficulty obtaining them.  Eleven per cent said they had originally intended to become pregnant but later decided to have abortions.  (Toronto Star, January 15, 1987).

A survey in Oxford, U.K., found 46 per cent of respondents who had abortions reported using a condom as their method of contraception. (British Medical Journal, 1990; p.300).

Eighty-two per cent of the pregnancies among teenagers in the U.S. between 1982-1988 were “unintended,” compared with 78 per cent in 1982 (FFP, July/August 1988), this despite more and more sex education programs.

Does the use of contraceptives increase abortions?


  • As availability and education on contraceptives steadily increased from the late 1960s too the present, the number of abortions has also steadily increased.
  • Countries with extensive access to and use of contraceptives have some of the highest rates of abortion in the world (including the U.S. and most Western European countries).  Some countries, such as the U.S.S.R., have high abortion rates, but access to contraception can be attributed to social conditions.
  • “Lack of knowledge about contraception is not the major factor behind numerous induced abortions in Denmark” (Acta Obstetrica et Gynecologia Scandinavica, 68.255, 1989).  Forty-four per cent of women who were about to have an abortion were on the Pill, only one of several methods of contraception.  Denmark has the second highest abortion rate in the Western world, second only to Sweden.  Both countries have compulsory sex education throughout the school system.
  • “In Chins, which prides itself on the wide availability of contraceptives, one fetus is aborted for every two children born.  There were about 10.4 million abortions in 1987.  Contraceptives are distributed free at the workplace” (Globe and Mail, November 28, 1990).

Most contraceptives also cause abortion

Methods of ‘contraception’ such as the IUD are also abortifacients.  The prevent the newly-conceived human being from implanting in its mother’s womb.

Studies now show that the Pill evidences a high risk for a number of cancers.  Because of this, producers have altered the dosage in pills by increasing the levels of progesterone and lowering levels of estrogen.

In doing so, the pill often operates as an abortifacient.

The following is taken from the February 15, 1991 issue of the American Life League’s (ALL) newsletter, Communique. It is written by ALL President Judie Brown.

“I just received a new booklet from International Planned Parenthood Federation,” she writes.  The booklet, Hormonal Contraception, released in November, 1990, gives some very clear evidence that I think will be most helpful to you.  Please allow me to summarize a few points:

     Combined Oral Contraceptives (COCs) have several modes of action.  These pills are the most widely used in the world; at least 200 million women since 1960.

The net effect of COCs on cervical mucus is that the progesterone component renders it relatively impenetrable to sperm.  In the same way the receptivity of the endometrium to the blastocyst may possibly be reduced. These two mechanisms act as backup if breakthrough ovulation occurs.” (emphasis ours)

In other words, COCs may act to kill the innocent preborn before implantation occurs.  This is an early days abortion.

     Progesterone-only Pills (POPs), which IPPF claims are underused at this time, have three different effects or modes of action.  Biochemistry and morphology are affected by these in such a way that it may make the endometrium unfavourable for implantation.” (emphasis ours).  The statement further suggests that this effect may lead to a potential risk of ectopic pregnancy, among other things.

In other words, POPs may act to kill innocent preborn before implantation occurs.  This is an early days abortion.


Perhaps this is why during the oral arguments for 1989’s landmark abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, Frank Sussman, in arguing for abortion, stated: “If I may suggest the reasons in response to your question, Justice Scalia, the most common forms of what we generically in common parlance call contraception today – IUDs, low-dose birth control pills, which are the safest type of birth control pills available – act as abortifacients (early days abortions).  They are correctly labeled as both.”

For related literature, see page 7.