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    Birth Control, Not Abstinence, Caused Teen Pregnancy Plunge

    The birds and the bees, meet IUDs. American teenagers are not having any less sex, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute and Columbia University, even as pregnancy rates plummeted 57 percent from 1991 to 2013. Instead the drop coincided with a rise in contraception, with 86 percent of teens reporting at least one type of birth control in their most recent sexual encounter. They’re also using more effective types, such as the pill and implants, that the federal government is now working to make more accessible.

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