Surprise finding: No cost birth control dramatically reduces abortion

idioteque

Pine away for your banner years.
I never would have guessed.

When women are given access to birth control at no cost, the rate of unintended pregnancies and abortions among them drops dramatically, according to a new study published on Thursday in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The Contraceptive Choice Project, conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., enrolled 9,256 women and teens from 14 to 45 years of age in the St. Louis area between 2007 and 2011. The participants were all uninsured, low-income, or otherwise determined to be at risk for unintended pregnancy.

Each woman was given a choice of birth control methods, ranging from long-term and more expensive contraceptive devices, such as the intrauterine device (IUD) or an implant, to more common methods, including birth control pills, the ring and the patch. Since price wasn't an issue, about 75 percent of participants chose the implanted methods, which are more effective than short-term methods.

The results were significant: The annual birth rate among teenage girls in the study from 2008 to 2010 was only 6.3 per 1,000, compared to the much higher U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000 for girls the same age. And the abortion rates among among all participants ranged from 4.4 to 7.5 per 1,000 women over the two-year period, substantially lower than the national rate of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women in 2008.

The rate of abortions in the study was even dramatically lower than the rates in the St. Louis area, which range from 13.4 to 17 per 1,000 women.

"The impact of providing no-cost birth control was far greater than we expected in terms of unintended pregnancies," said Jeff Peipert, MD, PhD, the Robert J. Terry Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and lead author of the study. "We think improving access to birth control, particularly IUDs and implants, coupled with education on the most effective methods has the potential to significantly decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in this country."

The findings of the study are significant at a time when a number of conservatives in politics and public policy are pushing back against the Obama administration's contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which requires most employers and insurers to cover birth control at no cost to women. Moreover, a number of states have voted to defund Planned Parenthood -- one of the nation's leading providers of contraception to low-income and uninsured women -- because some of the organization's clinics also offer abortions.

"I would think if you were against abortions, you would be 100 percent for contraception access," Dr. James T. Breeden, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said of the results.
 

Zim

The Coors Knight
I want a no-cost fleshlight. That's in the Constitution as well isn't it?

Funny you mention that. There's an afternoon radio show here in KC that I listen to here and there, and the guys were having people call in telling them things that they'd like to buy, but never would. I called in and said I want a fleshlight. Well fleshlight had sent them a bunch to use for promotions, so the radio station gave me one. :lol:

I highly recommend you purchase one for all your lonely Saturday night needs.
 

Dark40

Go Slow
But,but, but abstinence creates 0 unplanned pregnancies in make believe land per 1,000 per year.
 

idioteque

Pine away for your banner years.
I want a no-cost fleshlight. That's in the Constitution as well isn't it?

:rolleyes: Yeah, criticize a policy that reduces abortion, teen pregnancy and total health costs over a retarded interpretation of the 10th amendment. That makes sense.
 

Hell_Razor

Never surrender!!!
I want a no-cost fleshlight. That's in the Constitution as well isn't it?

 

lowflyn

eh?
Supporting Member
...but how much did the drug companies pay to have this very specific list of approved medications?

And by free you mean we're all paying for these people to enjoy their sex life with no consequences.
 

idioteque

Pine away for your banner years.
And by free you mean we're all paying for these people to enjoy their sex life with no consequences.

No, I mean you are saving money on the cost of deliveries and childhood medical treatment, which more than covers the cost.
 

lowflyn

eh?
Supporting Member
No, I mean you are saving money on the cost of deliveries and childhood medical treatment, which more than covers the cost.

...why are we paying that in the first place?

Still didn't answer my first question, who chose what went on the list?
 

Lk.3

original gangsta ****
Funny you mention that. There's an afternoon radio show here in KC that I listen to here and there, and the guys were having people call in telling them things that they'd like to buy, but never would. I called in and said I want a fleshlight. Well fleshlight had sent them a bunch to use for promotions, so the radio station gave me one. :lol:

I highly recommend you purchase one for all your lonely Saturday night needs.


tmi bro
 

idioteque

Pine away for your banner years.
...why are we paying that in the first place?

Because that is how insurance works. Money is pooled and distributed to pay medical expenses like delivery.

Still didn't answer my first question, who chose what went on the list?

Still can't figure out the point you are trying to make with this. :dylandude:

Insurers decide the specifics of the types of medication that they offer. Most go with the cheaper generics.
 

Holly

it's all in your head
Funny you mention that. There's an afternoon radio show here in KC that I listen to here and there, and the guys were having people call in telling them things that they'd like to buy, but never would. I called in and said I want a fleshlight. Well fleshlight had sent them a bunch to use for promotions, so the radio station gave me one. :lol:

I highly recommend you purchase one for all your lonely Saturday night needs.

Side note: I quit putting out because I found my second virginity. He hasn't proposed yet. If he has desires that need to be fulfilled, I guess a fleshlight will work.

But,but, but abstinence creates 0 unplanned pregnancies in make believe land per 1,000 per year.

Stop right there, you're a progressive against Christian fundamental values. No further need to listen.
 

kobudo

Well-Known Member
second virginity.

Second virginity... Say that phrase over and over again. At some point, you start saying "horse" instead of "second," and "****" instead of "virginity." The weird thing is, you'll never realize when you start saying one instead of the other. True story.
 
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