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Caterina
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What would people say to the idea that abortion is the only certain form of contraception? I mean, condoms are 99.8% effective against pregnancy, but, after having an abortion, you are 100% not pregant. This is why some people are lazy about contraception and instead have multiple abortions. What do you think?
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Heather
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Well, that's flawed for a few reasons.

One, contraception, by definition, prevents pregnancy from occurring in the first place. To have an abortion, pregnancy must have already occurred.

Second, it is not so that after having any abortion, always, you are absolutely not still pregnant. Abortions can "fail," too, in that any one procedure is not foolproof: sometimes, abortions aren't performed correctly, or may be incomplete, and additional procedures required to fully terminate a pregnancy.

Lastly, statistically speaking, it's also inaccurate to state that those who have mad multiple abortions are lazy about contraception, or choose to have abortions rather than use contraception. The vast majority of those you ask who have had abortions would very much choose to use contraception rather than have another abortion. You're hard-pressed to find anyone who prefers abortion over using birth control. Per multiple abortions and a lack of contraception use, you are looking at a vast array of issues: socio-economic issues, full consent during sexual practices and partnerships, availibility of reliable methods, information on how to use methods correctly, et cetera. There is some interesting data out there which has shown some commonalities among women who have had multiple abortions, including such things as poverty, as histories of abuse, for instance.

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