WASHINGTON (October 5, 2012)--The results of a large new study strongly suggest free birth control, a bitterly contested Obama administration policy, could have a significantly positive effect on women's health.
The project, which tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured, found that the program led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births.
When price wasn't an issue, women flocked to the most effective contraceptives, implanted options, which typically cost hundreds of dollars to insert.
The study reported that these women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies.
The effect on teen pregnancy was striking, as well.
There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study compared to the national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010.
There also were substantially lower rates of abortion.
The study is in the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.