LONDON (ChurchMilitant.com) - One of the U.K.'s largest abortion providers is reporting that more than half of the women who had an abortion at its clinics were using contraception that failed.
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), an organization that performs abortions at more than sixty locations in the U.K., released a report Friday, which showed that "of 60,592 women who had an abortion at any gestation at BPAS clinics in 2016 ... over half (51.2 percent) of women were using a method of contraception."
Contrary to the popular claim made even by some Catholics that contraception prevents abortion, the study noted "public discourse and some family planning initiatives frequently imply that abortion can always be avoided through the use of contraception." It added, "However, each year, nine in every 100 women using the contraceptive pill, the most popular method of contraception in the U.K., six in every 100 using the contraceptive injection and nearly one in every 100 using the IUD (copper coil) will become pregnant."
When you encourage women to use contraception, you give them the sense that they can control their fertility. ... Our data shows women cannot control their fertility through contraception alone, even when they are using some of the most effective methods. ... Abortion is birth control that women need when their regular method lets them down.
A BPAS spokesperson told HuffPost U.K. that contraception failure was owing to a combination of built-in failure of the contraceptives themselves and human failure when using the various methods. "The point is, generally, women aren't being haphazard with their method — women try very hard to avoid unwanted pregnancy but contraception can let them down, and they need abortion as a back-up for when that happens," the spokesperson said.
The findings are similar on both sides of the Atlantic. Planned Parenthood, the giant abortion provider in the United States, says the organization saves lives by providing women with contraceptives. A Newsweek article in April took note of this premise. "Put more simply, Planned Parenthood saves lives. It also prevents unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages and abortions."
A 30-year study on contraceptive use in the United States that was published in 2010 by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found, "One-half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, and the average probability of an unintended pregnancy in 12 months of contraceptive use in the United States is 12 percent, unchanged from 1995."
Even though so-called Catholics like Melinda Gates are pushing for the spread of contraception as a preventative for abortion in their quest for population control, other Catholics take note that contraception actually leads to abortion. In 2007, then-director of Human Life International (HLI), Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, defended the Church's ban against contraception, saying it actually leads to abortion. "Sixty percent of women going into abortion clinics are doing it because their birth control failed. So how good is birth control at helping to stop abortion?" he asked.