"Over the six years between 1995 and 2000 there were an estimated 338 million pregnancies that were unintended and unwanted worldwide (28% of the total 1.2 billion pregnancies during that period). These unwanted pregnancies resulted in nearly 700,000 maternal deaths (approximately one-fifth of maternal deaths during that period). More than one-third of the deaths were from problems associated with pregnancy or childbirth, but the majority (64%) were from complications from unsafe or unsanitary abortion. Most of the deaths occurred in less developed parts of the world, where family planning and reproductive health services were less available."
Why it Matters
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What are the costs of unintended pregnancy?
" . . .unintended pregnancies cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $11.1 billion dollars a year. Nearly two-thirds of unintended pregnancies -- roughly a million births -- are publicly funded by Medicaid and other government programs . . ."
- Huffington Post -
•"By age 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion."
- Guttmacher Institute -
"Here is a stunning but under-reported fact: nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended. In other words, one out of every two pregnancies is to a woman who says either that she is not yet ready to have a (or another) child or that she does not want to have a child at all. Unintended pregnancies are particularly concentrated among individuals for whom they are likely to be the most disruptive and who are less likely to have the resources needed to deal with the consequences of becoming pregnant unintentionally. Among women who are teenaged, unmarried, or low-income, the proportion of pregnancies that are unintended exceeds 60 percent."
- Brookings Institute-