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40 Percent of Pregnancies Unplanned

Thursday, 19 May 2011 09:35 AM


A first-ever state-by-state analysis shows nearly 40 percent of pregnancies in each state in the country were unintended.

"There are many, many reasons why people don't plan ahead, even when it's such a crucial decision," Claire Brindis, director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California-San Francisco, tells USA Today. She was not involved in the analysis.

Hard-to-find family-planning services and lack of access to birth control contribute to the high numbers of unplanned pregnancies, she says. Also, "a very strong denial factor — (people think) 'this won't happen to me,'" plays a role, she says.

The highest rates were in the South, Southwest, and in states with large urban populations, the analysis showed. Mississippi was highest, with 69 unplanned pregnancies per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. New Hampshire had the lowest rate, with 36 per 1,000.

Based on 2006 data, the most recent available, the analysis used national and state surveys on pregnancy plans, births, abortions, and miscarriages. Data from 86,000 women who gave birth and 9,000 women who had abortions was included. The analysis is published online in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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