Study: Free birth control cuts abortion rate dramatically


Via Sally Kohn

Hey anti-accessible-contraception, anti-choice, personhood Republicans, your message is being stepped on by the big foot of Dr. Reality.

NBC is reporting about a new study in town, and just in time for the presidential election. And that study, authored by Dr. Jeffrey Peipert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University, says offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies which in turn causes abortion rates to take a nose dive.

When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate, according to a new report by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers.

From 2008 to 2010, annual abortion rates among participants in the Contraceptive Choice Project  -- dubbed CHOICE -- ranged from 4.4 abortions per 1,000 women to 7.5 abortions per 1,000. That’s far less than the 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women nationwide reported in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available.

Among teen girls ages 15 to 19 who participated in the study, the annual birth rate was 6.3 per 1,000 girls, far below the U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000 for girls the same age.

Timing is everything:

The results were so dramatic, in fact, that Peipert pushed the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology to publish the study before the Nov. 6 presidential election, knowing that the Affordable Care Act, and its reproductive health provisions, are major issues in the campaign.

And there are those pesky exponential benefits:

Research has also shown that neglect, stress, anxiety, or simply a low level of nurturing in early life has effects on a child that can last far into adulthood. It may influence, for example, the cycle of teen pregnancy and crime.

You can read all about it here.