Pregnancies Spike Among Women Who Cohabit With Men

Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 11:39 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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With more unmarried people moving in together, pregnancies among cohabiting women have spiked 9 percent since 2002, USA Today reported.

"Because there's an underlying shift in the population that more people are cohabiting, that leads to more unintended pregnancies and unintended births," Larry Finer, director of domestic research at the non-profit Guttmacher Institute in New York, told USA Today.

The number of births overall to unmarried women living with men increased from 14 percent of all births in 2002 to 23 percent in 2006-10, USA Today reported, citing the first federal report on intended and unintended births since 1990.

“A lot seems to have to do with the fact people are increasingly ambivalent about whether or not to have a child," Karen Guzzo, a sociologist at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, told USA Today. "They're in this committed relationship and are often cohabiting and not trying hard to avoid having a child, but they're not trying to have one, either."


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