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Unplanned Pregnancy Rate Increases Among Low-Income Women

Unintended Pregnancy Rates Rise Among Poor and Low-Income Women

A recent survey by the Guttmacher Institute outlines some sobering details about unintended pregnancy in the United States: as of now, a whopping 49 percent of the 6.7 million pregnancies per year in the United States are unintended.

This rate is significantly higher than the rate in a huge number of other developed countries (probably because we are preposterously terrified of sex ed as a nation and because conservative lawmakers have made a habit of attempting to shutter women's health services with horrific glee and enthusiasm).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 campaign hopes to reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancies to 44 percent within the next 10 years — but is reproductive health advocacy affecting everyone equally? Sadly, and predictably, the answer is no. Although the unplanned pregnancy rate has remained essentially flat in the general American population since 1994, it's increased substantially among poor and low-income women.

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