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This study found that the provision of free, long-acting contraception to teenagers reduced the abortion rate by 75%.

Comment: The primary long-acting contraceptive used was the IUD. Note, this sample was compared to all teens in the U.S. This is not a good comparison, because the sample in this study was young teens, many of which had already experienced pregnancy and 18% of which already had an abortion. In the population studied, however, this research suggests (but does not confirm) that the provision of free, long-acting contraception is likely to reduce abortion rates.



N Engl J Med. 2014 Oct 2;371(14):1316-23.    (retrieved Dec, 2014). There are currently 939 pearls in the database. While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, mistakes can and do occur. Use databank at your own risk. All pearls © 2020 by the Internet Medical Association. Click Here to view more medical pearls.