According to the November 2006 report by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, greater access to contraceptives does not decrease abortions.
- Swedish teen abortion rates rose from 1.7% to 2.25% between 1995 and 2001 despite easy access to contraceptives
- Studies also done in Scotland and the San Francisco Bay area showed that availability of emergency contraception did not reduce pregnancy rates
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A study in March of 1999 from International Family Planning Perspectives found that the availability of contraception reduces abortion.
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To access the entire study, click on In three former Soviet States, rates of abortion are declining as contraceptive prevalence increases.