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Birth control pills offer limited help

Birth control pills offer limited help

As per your recent story, bills pending in each house of the Maryland General Assembly would allow pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives "Hopkins-led study finds 'the pill' would be safe without prescription," March 15). Good idea with one very large problem. The failure to take the birth control pill daily is one of the major causes of the high abortion rate both here and globally. Using the statistics published by the Guttmacher Institute for calculations, over 1 million unplanned pregnancies annually are due to this failure. Another 1 million unplanned pregnancies per year are the...

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