Friday, October 5, 2012

Study: Free Birth Control Decreases Abortions

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that when you offer women free birth control, abortions are cut by 62 to 77 percent over the national rate, reports NBC News. That translates to one less abortion for every 100 women participating in the study.

The report drew its statistics from the Contraceptive Choice Project, which gave 9,256 women between the ages of 14 and 45 free birth control for three years. Participants included many women at risk for abortions ― women who are economically disadvantaged and may be unable to afford birth control on their own.

Jeffrey Peipert, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University and author of the study, told NBC, “When you provide no-cost contraception, and you remove that barrier, you finally reduce unintended pregnancy rates. It doesn’t matter what side one is on politically, that’s a good thing.”

Read More at NBC News.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Actually many of our Texas Republican legislators would not agree with Dr. Peipert about that being a "good thing" or else they would not have cut the Women's Health Program. 6,000 women have been cut from its rolls since November of last year, and many of them are on the record against having insurance companies cover birth control.

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