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Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

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A new study has revealed that free birth control may dramatically reduce the number of abortions and teen pregnancies.

During a three-year test program in St. Louis, researchers found that the number of abortions was below the national average when women were given free contraception.  

Teen births were much lower, too.  That number dropped from about 34 out of 1,000 women in 2010 to only 6.3 per 1,000.

Researchers also discovered most women chose long-term birth control, like implants, over cheaper pills because price wasn't an issue.  Implanted options typically cost hundreds of dollars, up-front, to insert.

The study is in the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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