Is Abortion a ‘Contraception Backup’?

According to some recent statistics, the number of abortions in England and Wales has risen by eight per cent over the past decade.

The Department of Health has also said that abortions have also increased after knowledge that a child will be born disabled.

Last year 189,574 abortions were carried out on women residing in England and Wales. In 2000 175,542 terminations were recorded – more than 14,000 less.

Over 40 per cent of last year’s abortions involved women taking abortion-inducing drugs early in their pregnancy, a sharp rise from 12 per cent in 2000.

The figures also reveal that over 16,000 abortions were performed on girls under the age of 18.

The campaign group LIFE have expressed their deep concerns about the sobering statisticss. Michaela Aston, said:

We are concerned that women are being rushed into abortion, as more and more women are having abortions earlier in pregnancy. It is vital that women are given time to think through their options, especially since data from other countries suggests that the introduction of ‘cooling off’ periods before abortion can play an important role in reducing abortion rates, as women and their partners or families have more time to look at all their choices.

However, Ann Furedi of BPAS, formerly the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:

Abortion is not a problem in itself. For many women abortion is a back-up to their contraception. It is a rational and ethical solution to the problem of a pregnancy that they cannot continue with.

So, two very differing views. I know which one I prefer. It’s also worth saying that BPAS did want women to have the right to abort their child at home.

If I’m honest, I think these figures are sickening. We should be clamping down on abortion, not promoting it. A back up to their contraception? What planet is Ms. Furedi living on?!

It’s absolutely disgusting to talk about abortion in these terms. The amount of women who have been emotionally and mentally scarred from abortion is unbelievable. I’m not an advocate of abortion; the only time I would accept a reason for it would be if the mother’s life is in danger. I’m sure many will have their objections to this.

Many people will bring up the ‘foetus argument’ i.e the idea that a baby isn’t a baby until it’s born. Well, where do we draw the line? At 24 weeks, a baby can be aborted. Yet at 21 weeks, a baby can survive premature birth. Where is the logical sense in this foetus argument? I can’t see any.

And just to conclude, one only has to go to Google, search ‘Abortion’, go to ‘Images’ and just look at the horrendous pictures to unbderstand the sheer brutality of abortion.

Abortion is not the only way.

I’m sure there are varied opinions on this matter; please share them below.


Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • Eva

    This is horrible. I think I would say I was pro choice, but always include that it is to a very small and limited degree. I am NOT pro-abortion-as-contraception-backup. The fact that people can be so nonchalant about this is scary.

    Is it really so hard not to have sex, and not be careful about it, when you know the last thing you want is a baby? I mean, I’m human, of course I know it’s hard, but wow people, self control.

    I also realize that accidents happen, but in that case, take responsibility for it. I’m pretty sure *I* was an accident.

    And I also realize that sometimes circumstances are just horrible. Like you said, maybe the mother’s life is at risk, maybe she was raped, or any sort of horrible thing, but with numbers this high, it is pretty clear that people are just using this as an easy way out, and that sickens me.

  • AJ

    Those abortion rates are horrendous, by the end of the thrid week from conception a heart has already formed and began pumping and circulating blood, this whole 24 weeks malarky is ludicrous, not that abortion is acceptable..
    These rates over the past years have dramatically increased and divorce rates have gone through the roof, I think these problems stem from a much bigger problem which is how our culture has changed so much. This culture of clubbing where it’s completely normal for any man and woman to hook up for a night then go out the next night and find somebody new. Each time creating a new physical and spiritual connection with another person. People are tearing themselves apart throwing their hearts all over the place which is why marriages aren’t lasting because when somebody gets married they’ve statistically already given their heart to atleast 5 other people.
    Proverbs : Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

    • Eva

      Yeah, I remember going to the body worlds exhibit, and you could peer into these jars that has babies only a few weeks old (donated when the mother died).

      They were the absolute tiniest things you could imagine, but had so many already-formed features, and I thought to myself, even though I will probably never be in a position where I will be pregnant without choosing, I will NEVER get an abortion.

      Even at this point in my life, I’m 20 and in school, I can’t imagine coming up with a good excuse to do it. In fact, 3 girls in my high school got pregnant in their last year (I went to a pretty huge high school) and all kept their babies, which is awesome, because they seemed to have turned out to be great moms and the kids are adorable. It obviously can be done.

  • SJ

    Whilst I agree that there may be times when a well considered termination is unfortunately agreed – I instinctivley feel that life begins as soon as cells divide, only the body and mind are left to develop and any life to me is precious.

  • nan and taid

    So glad someone is showing concern for the LIFE of the baby.
    It is so much easier to abort a fetus than a baby,but when we say baby that”s another matter altogether.

    • That sort of wordplay irritates me as well. It’s a little like when people say ‘it’s not human – it just has the potential to be human’ which (a) makes no sense from a purely materialistic POV where the only identifier of whether something is human or not is what DNA it has and (b) as if they’re trying to say the fetus has some potential to be anything else but human (which is different from personhood, a whole other issue entirely).

      I just wish people would be more honest. All these semantics sound the stuff politicians come up with.

  • Sam

    In a recent essay on Genetic engineering for my Theology degree I learned that around 70% of pregnancy’s end naturally in the first three months. My personal beliefs on when life begins are still uncertain, what would you say about how it reflects on the perception of God if he allows that many lives to end naturally?

    • Hey Sam.

      What I don’t understand about people’s perception of God is why they expect him to intervene on things when they don’t really believe in him…

      I don’t have all the answers Sam, and all I can say is that stuff like this just happens. It’s a part of life, a fallen world, which, as you know Christians would say is the result of sin.

      What I do know is that David mentions seeing some of the children that he had who died in childbirth or before hand in heaven. This is obviously a great source of hope for Christians, and I guess many would come to the conclusion that God is a gracious and loving God.

      The main thing about God is that whilst the world is continuing to be, he doesn’t force his hand on things. Indeed, prayer as an act of reliance on God does work for Christians. In fact, I would say prayer ALWAYS works, whether Christian or not. Though there is a theology called ‘The Kingdom Now and Not Yet’ which I encourage you to research and read up on, which provides, in my opinion, a very reasonable and human response as to why people don’t get healed sometimes and why unborn babies die.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      • Daniel Cryne

        Hello, I’m purely here to get information. Does the Bible mention abortion at all? Before you say anything, I’m not trying to imply in my question that if the Bible fails to mention abortion then Christians’ opposition to abortion is invalid. What I would like to know is if your opposition is directly or indirectly motivated by scripture i.e. is there is a passage in the Bible saying something akin to “Thou shalt not abort unborn children” or do the set of general ethics laid out in the Bible lead you to opposition against abortion?

        • Hey Dan,

          It doesn’t mention abortion specifically. But as some Christians may argue that abortion is effectively murder, they would use the commandment for this.

          Other Christians would use the verse in Job where it says that no one has the right to give or take away anything in this sort of realm. It is the Lord who gives, and it is the Lord who takes away is their argument.

          I guess what I’m saying is that its the wider ethical context of the situation that is the used, not a verse that says ‘thou shalt not abort a child’ etc. I hope that rambling makes sense!

          • Daniel Cryne

            Thank you for your reply. Out of interest, during your debates over abortion do you ever meet any opponents of abortion who are secular (or atheists or agnostics or whatever you choose to call them?)
            Here’s two links to a famous one:

          • Yeah I do as a matter of fact. I think that certain people are taking more of an open mind on Christian moral values, and realising that if it worked in the past, then surely it can work now.

            I mean, of course, they have their own reasons for being pro life as opposed to pro choice, but something in the scientific facts other than the foetus argument is forcing people to reconsider, religious or not.