Other Abortifacients

Various birth control (contraception) methods can cause abortion.

In many cases, people tempted to use a particular birth control method do not wish to do anything that would endanger their embryos. Nonetheless, several artificial contraceptive methods also carry a risk of terminating a pregnancy that has already begun, including:

  • Combined oral contraceptives
  • Progestin-only pills (the ‘mini-Pill’)
  • Combined injectable contraceptives
  • Intra-uterine devices (IUDs)
  • Contraceptive implants
  • Progestin-only injectable contraceptive
  • Emergency Contraceptives
  • RU486 (also marketed as Mifepristone)

See or download the What You Need To Know leaflet for more information. See other leaflets in the What You Need to Know series here.

For information on ‘Natural Family Planning’ (NFP), an effective form of family planning acceptable to people of all faiths and none, contact the Billings Family Life Centre (020 7793 0026), Life FertilityCare (01926 834654) or the Natural Family Planning Teachers Association (02920 754 628).