There is a "tiny risk" of failure of contraception, but that's every time you have sex, over a fertile lifetime of around 30 years. So you're basically condemning women to make no mistakes and have no accidents with pills or condoms for 30+ years. Which is a huge ask.
Isn't it interesting that the anti-abortion folk never seem to be the ones campaigning for contraception (including doctors' fees), especially all long-term contraception, to be fully funded, for proper sex education in schools, for generous parental benefits (without the guilt trips and coercion into work) that would actually support someone who would like to choose to have a child, etc. No, it's just "abortion is murder and we must stop it". Because if it's banned, it magically goes away.
I enjoyed Randall Munroe's What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - funny and educational.
David Byrne's How Music Works.
Margaret Sparrow's Rough on Women.
I finally read Seabiscuit and adored it, despite being ethically opposed to the horse racing industry.
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen was beautiful, both the descriptions of food and the cultural history.
Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon for more context on what happened in USA after slavery.
Tragedy at Pike River Mine. I thought I'd do my duty and read it, but found it so fascinating and tragically compelling.
Dirty Politics, of course.
And the delightful Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.