Free Birth Control for Puerto Rican Mothers

Faced with few ways to help women worried about Zika, OB-GYNs in Puerto Rico are passing out free contraception.

Birth control use has been low on the island, which is hard hit by Zika—more than 8,700 confirmed cases, and the CDC predicts that more than 20-25% of the island’s 3.5 million people will be infected before 2017.

The doctors are handing out more than condoms and birth control pills—which Nabal Bracero, who heads the local chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, calls low-efficiency, low-compliant methods. They’re also offering more expensive and long-lasting implants and intrauterine devices.
NPR’s Goats and Soda Blog

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