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      Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

      A new study has revealed that free birth control may dramatically reduce the number of abortions and teen pregnancies.

      During a three-year test program in St. Louis, researchers found that the number of abortions was below the national average when women were given free contraception.{}{}

      Teen births were much lower, too.{} That number dropped from about 34 out of 1,000 women{}in 2010 to only 6.3 per 1,000.

      Researchers also discovered most women chose long-term birth control, like implants, over cheaper pills because price wasn't an issue.{} Implanted options typically cost hundreds of dollars, up-front, to insert.

      The study is in the journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology.