Misuse and failure of birth control are major contributors to the millions of unplanned pregnancies in the United States each year. When failure rates of contraceptives are mentioned, they usually refer to a given year of use. Less understood is that the risk of failure is compounded over time.
The longer any method of contraception is used, the greater the probability of unplanned pregnancy — the same way that any small risk, taken repeatedly, grows in likelihood. This is true for all contraception methods, even in the highly unlikely event that they are used perfectly, every time.
True gender equity can’t happen until men take equal responsibility — mental and physical — for contraception. First, that means getting past the social norms that tell us women are responsible for pregnancy prevention.
Recent University of California research by Katrina Kimport found clinicians broadly devalued male contraceptive methods during consultations. Sometimes they didn’t bring up male contraceptives at all. Sometimes they focused on the negative aspects of male body-based options. And sometimes they said these negative features were just too difficult to overcome.
There needs to be less focus on how many abortions women have & less judgement , and greater focus on the gender inequalities which result in women bearing the brunt of pregnancy prevention and experiencing violence in intimate relationships.
Women can resist and reject abortion stigma. This means asserting their right to bodily autonomy, to make decisions about their own lives, and to have an abortion when faced with an unacceptable pregnancy.
Improved Access to Contraceptive and Abortion Services Is Key to Preventing Unintended Pregnancies and Unwanted Births
Luckily, abortion does not cause infertility issues or complications in subsequent pregnancies.
The researchers found that having multiple abortions is quite common, with about 45 percent of abortion patients nationally reporting having more than one abortion. The study also makes clear that structural inequalities play a detrimental role in health-care access.
This article shares about how reporting of and conversations about multiple abortions ignores the leadership of and great strides made by people of color to change the conversation about who has been having abortions and why.
The reasons for having more than one abortion are as varied as the people who go through that experience, and are just as valid as the reasons why someone might have one abortion procedure. So how we talk about, and to, people who terminate more than one pregnancy matters, and is a catalyst for how we perceive everyone who decides when or if they want to become a parent.