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Very young adolescent women in Georgia: has abortion or contraception lowered their fertility?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  879388     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite a state law enacted in 1972 which allowed minors to obtain contraceptive services without parental consent, births to very young women in Georgia (age 14 and less) have risen in recent years. Beginning in 1974, however, this trend has reversed. Increased access to induced abortion following the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision appears to have been responsible for the decline. Supporting this assertion are: 1) the temporal relationship between increased access to abortion and the decline in births, 2) the geographic evidence that the decline in births occurred first in Atlanta where abortion utilization is the highest and then followed in areas with somewhat more limited utilization, and 3) a similar observation that the decline occurred earlier and more markedly among young white teenagers whose abortion utilization is higher. Although abortion appears to have had the most visible impact on births, most people would probably agree that efforts toward providing contraception to these young women remain worth the challenge. The ratio of young teenegers accepting contraceptives to young teenegers getting pregnant is suggested as a useful intermediator of the success of family planning programs.
J D Shelton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  1977 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-08-25     Completed Date:  1977-08-25     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  616-20     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Legal*
Age Factors
Birth Rate
Contraception Behavior*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Family Planning Services
Legislation as Topic

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