The purposeful use of artificial methods or other techniques to prevent pregnancy as a consequence of sexual intercourse.
Proponents of accessible contraception believe that all women should have unhindered and affordable access to all U.S. FDA approved contraceptives. They argue that contraception has many societal benefits including improved health and well-being, reduced global maternal mortality, female engagement in the workforce, and economic self-sufficiency for women.
Proponents of restricting contraception define life as beginning at fertilization and thereby confer the legal status of "personhood" on fertilized eggs. They believe methods of contraception act as abortifacients because they may prevent a fertilized egg from implanting and argue against their use in order to protect human life.
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