It remains hotly contested to say that abortion is backup birth control. I think it is obvious that abortion is used that way. With few exceptions, the personal stories of abortion women have shared with me were essentially abortion as a backup to failed birth control stories.
And so it is, from Cecile Richards herself:
It was a decision my husband and I made. It was a personal decision. And we have three children that we adore and that are the center of my life. And we decided that was as big as our family needed to be. That was really the story. It wasn’t anything more dramatic than that.
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
One more comment: Pregnancy and child bearing–they sound like a choice you plan out until they aren’t. The women who know this most profoundly are the women experiencing infertility, for whatever reason. They’ve been told they can have a child at the time of their choosing. When that doesn’t pan out, they hit the non-choiceness of it all hard.