Women seek an abortion if they have an unwanted pregnancy, legal and safe or not, because it’s too late for contraception.

There is no split between contraception and abortion from women’s perspective, they are two sides of the same coin.

Even so, many of the biggest supporters of “family planning” refuse to support women’s need for safe, legal abortion. Even worse, they always talk about abortion in negative terms. They mention it along with STIs, as if it were a disease, or treat it as an annoying problem that they wish would go away, and consider it inferior to use of contraception. They even claim that use of contraception will (or should) make it go away.

But this is about the realities of people’s sex lives and how sex happens, not just about well-thought-out, planned-in-advance decisions about family formation.

~ Reproductive Health Matters founding editor Marge Berer, RH Reality Check, July 23

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