Students relying on last-chance birth control

A professor at the Universite de Quebec a Montreal is urging all universities to do more to educate students about contraception.

Sylvie Levesque surveyed more than 2300 UQAM students and discovered that half of the women had taken the morning-after pill and 12-percent had resorted to abortion to deal with an unwanted pregnancy - a quarter of them more than once.

Quebec has one of the highest abortion rates in the Western world and Levesque blames a lack of sex education in the classroom.

She found three-quarters of the women depended on The Pill to prevent pregnancy but many doctors prefer hormonal intra-uterine devices (IUDs) for young women because, unlike The Pill, no daily action is needed to maintain effectiveness.

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