Proof! Free Birth Control Means Fewer AbortionsA study published Thursday by researchers at Washington University confirmed the obvious: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions and teenage pregnancies.
A study published Thursday by researchers at Washington University confirmed the obvious: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions and teenage pregnancies.
The study spent two years tracking more than 9,000 women and girls who were given free birth control. Most were poor or uninsured. The group produced 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers, far fewer than the 2010 national rate of 34 per 1,000.
Abortions occurred at a rate of less than eight per 1,000 women, 12 less than the national number.
— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
Wait, before you go…
Erika Eichelberger at Mother Jones:
“The impact of providing no-cost birth control was far greater than we expected,” Jeff Peipert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis who co-authored the study, said in a statement.
Women’s health specialists say the study points to the potential impact of the Democrats’ health care reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, which mandates access to contraceptives without co-payments. The study’s authors say when this kind of program is deployed nationwide, more than 40 percent of the over 1 million abortions performed in the United States each year could be avoided.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.
Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.Support Truthdig
There are currently no responses to this article.
Be the first to respond.