Some serious research this time, instead of shonky newspaper polls.
It turns out, contra the frothers, that women do not use abortion as a form of contraception.*
Researchers at Flinders University interviewed 965 women aged over 30 who came to Adelaide’s largest abortion clinic. It turned out that 62% of them were using contraception when they became pregnant, and that most of the rest had some good reason for not having been using contraception when they became pregnant, such as, “cultural bans, thinking they could never have children, having been raped or having had what was thought to have been “permanent” birth-control surgery.”
The study comes on top of earlier research showing that 70% of women under 30 were using contraception when they became pregnant.
For whatever reason women choose abortion, it’s not because they regard it as a form of contraception.
The research is published in the Australian Journal of Primary Health, which I don’t have access to because the 2010 issues of the journal aren’t available on-line yet. It will be interesting to read the whole study, and find out a little more about why some women were not using contraception. I imagine that the reasons will be many and varied, but that no one will say that it was because they like having abortions instead.
* I hunted down a series of frother links, but having read them, I’m really not interested at all in giving them any airtime on my blog. If you really want to take a look for yourself, type “using abortion as a contraceptive” into google, and scan through the first few pages. You’ll find them.