An exciting study from Washington University School of Medicine provided reliable birth control - intrauterine devices and hormone implants - for free to 9000 women, aged 14 - 45 for three years. The researchers tracked the effects on their abortion rate, and also on their teen pregnancy rate.
Nationally, women in this age range have about 19.6 abortions per 1000 - a huge number.
The women in this study: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1000. That is a huge improvement.
Moreover, teen girls (15 - 19) have a staggering 34.4 births per 1000 every year.
The girls in this study: 6.3 per 1000 annually.
Moreover, IUDs and hormone implants such as Norplant are cheaper than birth control pills. They are also more reliable, since many women, especially the poorer and younger ones, don't usually take the pill every day - a problem that is solved by implanted methods.
The implants, though, have a higher up-front cost, which tends to put off those same younger and poorer women from using them. This is why providing them free was a crucial element of this study.
As someone who would like to dramatically reduce the abortion and teen pregnancy rates, I find this study to be very good news.