Since Sweden’s Norrbotten county council began offering free birth control to young women three years ago the number of abortions in the region has been cut in half.
Before they started offering free birth control, Norrbotten county had the third most abortions in the country, after Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Åke Berggren, chief physician for maternity care in the county said that the results have exceeded their expectations.
“We did not believe our eyes at first and asked the women’s clinic to do a hand recount,” Berggren told Swedish Radio in Norrbotten.
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