Contraception

People who oppose any type of reproductive health care falsely claim abortion and birth control are the same. It’s all part of a deliberate effort to block access to both.

Many confuse or group abortion and birth control; let's break down the difference between the two and give you a few talking points while we're at it.

Abortion

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy.

2 different methods.

Very few health insurances cover abortion.

Essential health care

Contraceptives

Birth control, also known as contraception, is designed to prevent pregnancy.

18 different methods.

Covered by health insurance.

Essential health care

Access to birth control is critical to create a future where people can thrive.

 

Even if we remove all barriers to birth control, abortion care will still be necessary and is an integral part of the full spectrum of health care. We must remove harmful barriers to both.

Access to birth control is critical to create a future where people can thrive.

 

Even if we remove all barriers to birth control, abortion care will still be necessary and is an integral part of the full spectrum of health care. We must remove harmful barriers to both.

Why?

When they say...

We say...

This question focuses on shaming unmarried people for having sex.  There is also no choice of abstinence for instances of rape.
 

"We don't need birth control, people can just be abstinent?"

" Practicing abstinence isn't a reality. And really, it is not our business what people's reproductive decisions are."

Instead of repeating  
falsehoods about contraceptives, debunk their statement and explain what they actually do.

"Plan B is Capable of Causing an Early Abortion."

"Contraception and emergency contraceptives only work before someone is pregnant."

Instead of repeating  
falsehoods about contraceptives, debunk their statement and explain what they actually do.

"Plan B is Capable of Causing an Early Abortion."

"Contraception and emergency contraceptives only work before someone is pregnant."

This is an opportunity to call  out

the tactics of the  
opposition to block all  
reproductive health care.

"This has nothing to do with  abortion.”

“People falsely claim abortion and birth control are the same. It’s all part of a deliberate effort to block access to both.”

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Planned Parenthood: Birth Control
Amaze: Pregnancy & Reproduction
My Path Tool: My Reproductive
Health Journey