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High cost of abortion is associated with lower pregnancy rate, US study finds

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39495.606389.C2 (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:413
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

Women’s sexual behaviour is influenced by the cost of having an abortion, new research in the United States shows.

It found that a 10% increase in the cost of an abortion was associated with a 6.5% drop in the pregnancy rate among women of childbearing age (Social Science Journal doi: 10.1016/j.soscij.2007.12.009).

It also found that the pregnancy rate among women of childbearing age, and particularly among teenagers, was lower in states with laws requiring the notification or permission of a parent before a minor can obtain an abortion. However, it found no such …

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