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We fully agree with the comments of Drs. Owens and Prager. Access to safe and affordable contraception has many secondary benefits that the authors effectively argue extend beyond simple pregnancy prevention. There is reasonable evidence to suggest that proper birth spacing will reduce the risk of preterm birth,1 and, of course, as population birth rates decrease, we would expect the number of preterm births also to decrease. Expanded access to safe and effective contraception and abortion services is paramount to the health of women everywhere.
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