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Letters | Roe v. Wade: 40 years later

Greater access to birth control may not stem rise in unwanted pregnancies

Ronald Merullo’s Jan. 22 op-ed “Beyond pro-life and pro-choice” suggests that those on both sides of the issue should agree to increase the availability of contraception. He postulates that this will reduce the number of abortions. Unfortunately, empirical evidence shows that greater availability of contraception may not reduce the number of abortions.

In countries across the world, greater availability of contraceptives has paralleled increases in the number of abortions. Easier access to contraception appears to increase the population of sexually active people and the frequency of their sexual encounters.

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