There have been many discrepances in the past between the technicalities of birth control and abortion to not address the definitive differences. Abortion is fundamentally defined as the termination of a pregnancy, whereas contraception is defined as methods used to prevent pregnancy from occurring. With that being said, let us dive deeper into how contraception is vastly different from abortion.
Nexplanon is an implant that is inserted just under the skin on the bicep area. This implant releases hormones so that ovulation does not occur, meaning that the ovary does not release any eggs into the uterus. Therefore, the sperm cannot reach the egg for fertilization to occur. Put into other words, Nexplanon does not allow for the two sex cells to merge to begin forming a fetus, so there is no interruption or termination of a pregnancy.
Liletta, Kyleena, and Skyla are all types of hormonal IUDs. These act similarly to the implant since they release hormones that prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs during what would typically be the ovulation period. The main difference is that a hormonal IUD is a “T” shaped device placed in the uterus instead of the small bar placed in the arm. Again, since the egg is not released, no fertilization starts or ends - it is simply prevented.
Non-Hormonal IUDs, such as Paragard, do not release hormones, so ovulation still occurs. However, this method still does not allow the egg and sperm to meet because this IUD is covered in copper which acts as a spermicide. This type of IUD kills the sperm before it can reach the egg. Even though there are no hormones involved in this method, the act of a spermicide prevents pregnancy, meaning there is no chance of terminating a pregnancy.
Birth control prevents pregnancy - it does not end it. In simple terms, you cannot terminate what does not exist. This is just a brief overview of an abundance of research that has been conducted on this topic. We hope this explanation has brought light to the truth about this common misconception. If you have more questions on this topic or think that we can help you in any other way, please feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to help you however we can.