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.