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Free Birth Control Lowers Abortion, Teen Pregnancy Rates

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By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A big city survey shows that free birth control resulted in fewer teen births and abortions.

A study by Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri tracked more than 9,000 women. The national average for teen pregnancy is 34 births out of every one thousand teenagers. The rate in St. Louis was just over 6 births per one thousand teens.

The abortion rate nation wide is seven abortions for every one thousand women. In this survey, the number of abortions was cut almost in half to only four out of one thousand women. The study notes that when the price of birth control wasn't an issue, the women chose the most effective contraceptives.

Oct. 9, 2012.


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