Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

FILE - In this undated image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In results published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion. Doctors say the results show that when money is not a factor, teens will chose IUDs and hormone implants over less reliable methods such as birth control pills or condoms. (AP Photo/Merck)Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds.



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