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New Study Confirms Obamacare’s Birth Control Mandate Will Reduce Abortion Rate

Oct 5, 2012

A new study focusing on low-income women in St. Louis, MO concludes that expanding access to free contraception — just as the health care reform law does through its provision to provide birth control without a co-pay — leads to significantly lower rates of unintended teen pregnancy and abortion. Researchers found that when women weren’t prohibited by cost, they chose more effective, long-lasting forms of birth control and experienced many fewer unintended pregnancies as a result.

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis worked in partnership with the local Planned Parenthood affiliate to track over 9,200 low-income women in the St. Louis area, some of whom lacked insurance coverage, during a four-year Contraceptive CHOICE study. The CHOICE project simulated Obamacare’s birth control provision by allowing teens and women to select from the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive options and receive their preferred method at no cost. They found that birth rates among the teens who received free birth control in the CHOICE project were less than a fifth of the national teen birth rate — just 6.3 births per 1,000 teens, compared to 34.3 per 1,000 teens nationwide in 2010 — and abortion rates were less than half of both the regional and national rates.

And researchers are confident that these positive findings could extend to the rest of the nation, estimating that the national simulation of their CHOICE program could prevent one abortion for every 79 to 137 women given a choice between free birth control options. “As a society, we want to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortion rates. This study has demonstrated that having access to no-cost contraception helps us get to that goal,” Alina Salganicoff, director of women’s health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the Associated Press.

In a press release, Planned Parenthood officials noted that the study strongly suggests that President Obama’s health reform law will help lower the abortion rate. “This study shows that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit can dramatically reduce the need for abortion in the U.S. once it is fully implemented,” said Dana Singiser, the vice president of public policy and government relations for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “To prevent unintended pregnancy, women need full information, full coverage and full choice for what type of birth control works best for them.”

Lowered rates of unintended pregnancy are directly related to increased access to contraception, and the CHOICE project reinforces the fact that increasing access involves removing cost barriers to birth control. Women of reproductive age currently spend about 68 percent more than men do on out-of-pocket health care costs, partly because of high contraception costs — for example, a year’s supply of oral birth control pills typically costs over $1,200 out of pocket. Nearly one in three U.S. women report they have stopped using their preferred contraceptive method, or used it less consistently and effectively, because they could not afford it.

by Anonymousreply 1410/08/2012


by Anonymousreply 110/07/2012

This is all beside the point.

We don't want people to have sex.

by Anonymousreply 210/07/2012

That is not true, R2! People can have all the sex they want, even every day and many times a day, for life, just as long as its with a woman that you're married to, and you don't use any of that sinful birth control!

by Anonymousreply 310/07/2012

If those pro-life hypocrites had minds that worked straight they would be pushing contraception any way they could. But nooooo...

by Anonymousreply 410/07/2012

There's also the seldom-discussed fact that restricting access to legal abortion doesn't reduce the incidence of abortion, it just increases the incidence of illegal abortions.

by Anonymousreply 510/07/2012


by Anonymousreply 610/07/2012

[quote]There's also the seldom-discussed fact that restricting access to legal abortion doesn't reduce the incidence of abortion, it just increases the incidence of illegal abortions.

Yes, but the slatterns getting back-alley abortions are more likely to have complications and die, so from the fundamentalist perspective, it's win-win.

by Anonymousreply 710/07/2012

R4, that would piss off the Catholic Church and if any Christian religion anywhere has any objections, the it is considered a bad idea.

by Anonymousreply 810/07/2012

Don't forget that all those unborn babies are babies who never take welfare, don't grow up to be criminals, and don't turn into Democratic Party voters.

Toss in the fact that most are minorities, and you would think the Republicans would be shoving birth control pills down women's throats like the French force-feed geese for pâte.

by Anonymousreply 910/07/2012

Violent crime in the US began dropping substantially for the first time in the early 1990s, and has continued to decline ever since. Any social scientist will tell you that this is a direct result of abortion becoming legal and available in the early 1970s. However, you NEVER hear this in the mainstream media, ever.

by Anonymousreply 1010/07/2012

Legal, safe abortions should be only for the wealthy.

The poor are needed to fight the endless wars for oil.

by Anonymousreply 1110/07/2012

Don't you people realize that every fertilization prevented is a little abortion?

by Anonymousreply 1210/07/2012

Abortion is no one's business except the woman who's getting one. This shouldn't even be an issue.

by Anonymousreply 1310/08/2012

and yet, in 2012, thanks to the GOP, it is.

by Anonymousreply 1410/08/2012
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