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"Bans and restrictions do not work. Superior birth control does."

"Much the best way to make abortion rarer is to prevent unwanted pregnancies," notes The Economist in a December 3 feature. "What works is well known: campaigns to educate couples about the various methods; training for doctors and nurses in birth-control counseling; and making contraceptives easy to get," it continues. 

The piece also notes the importance of investment in contraception: "Contraception also offers an excellent return on public investment ... The Copenhagen Consensus, a think-tank, estimates that making contraception and sexual-health advice universally available would bring returns worth $120 for every $1 spent, mostly by reducing deaths in pregnancy and childbirth in poor countries."

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