No-cost, long-acting contraception cuts teen pregnancy by 79 percent

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A program that offered long-acting no-cost contraception to U.S. girls and women age 15 to 19 reduced the teenage pregnancy rate by 79 percent over five years and cut the abortion rate by 77 percent, according to the results of a new study. “This has really important public health implications in the United States, where we have had persistent challenges in trying to decrease unintended pregnancy,” said Cynthia Harper, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at the University of California, San Francisco. …
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