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Study: Good access to birth control prevents teen pregnancy, abortion
Study: Good access to birth control prevents teen pregnancy, abortion

Birth control prevents teenage pregnancies and abortions -- when teens know about it and are able to use it. Of 560 young women deemed at high risk for pregnancy who were given free access to hormonal implants and copper IUDs as part of a study, not a single one became pregnant during the years they were tracked, according to a report that appears in Thursday’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Among all 1,404 teens who took part in the Contraceptive CHOICE Project between 2008 and 2013, the average annual pregnancy rate was 34 per 1,000 teens. That was 41% lower than the pregnancy rate for all American teens, which was 57.4 per 1,000 in 2010.   Nearly all of...

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