Contraceptive Choice Reduces Abortion Rates
October 5, 2012
An Obstetrics and Gynecology study demonstrates that when women have the full range of FDA-approved birth control available to them at no cost, they select the most effective methods: IUDs and hormonal implants. As a result of using these contraceptives, the women in the study experienced unintended pregnancy and abortion at much lower rates than the nation as a whole.
Board chair-elect Dr. Nancy Stanwood told WebMD that the study reflects what she sees in her practice: "When women have access to all methods of birth control and cost is not a barrier, they prefer the highly effective methods." Dr. Stanwood's WebMD comments were quoted in articles on International Science Times and Red Orbit.
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The documentary Voices of Choice features physicians and advocates who witnessed women's suffering before Roe v. Wade. They helped as many women as they could obtain safe abortions.
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