NO BRAINER? An Iowa Contraception Study Shows IUDs and Implants Reduce Abortions.
One of the ongoing battles in the fight over abortion is the question of what’s behind the declining abortion rate in the United States. Anti-abortion activists understandably want to attribute the decline to a rise in abortion restrictions, with a side dose of platitudes about a “culture of life.” Pro-choicers say improved contraception use is responsible for the drop. The latter is an answer that doesn’t sit well with the increasingly contraception-hostile anti-choice movement, but it does have significant scientific evidence to support it.
Now we can add one more study to the pile. Researchers from Ibis Reproductive Health and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco recently published a study in the medical journal Contraception that shows that as more women utilize long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as implants and IUDs, the abortion rate declines dramatically.