The Geography Of Unintended Pregnancy

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A look at unplanned pregnancies, births and their cost to the American public.

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  • California: $1.35 billion Texas: $1.23 billion $1.9B $7B 49% Babies Are BornThe average American woman spends about three decades of her life trying to avoid unintended pregnancy. Her success may depend on access to family planning services and on a variety of socioeconomic factors, including where she lives. Unintended pregnancy rates are highest and rising among low-income women, especially in the South and in states with large urban populations. These births bring tremendous costs to struggling families and to the public. Source: Guttmacher Institute THE HUFFINGTON POST 1981 1987 1994 2001 2006 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 $1.9B Nearly half of pregnancies are unintended. Two-thirds of unintended pregnancies were paid for by public insurance programs, primarily Medicaid, in 2006. $1.9 billion in spending on public family planning centers resulted in $7 billion in gross savings from helping women avoid unintended pregnancies and births in 2008. All women Income below the poverty line Income exceeds 200% of poverty line While the overall rate of unplanned pregnancies has declined slightly in recent decades, it has risen sharply among poor women. Rate (per 1,000 women aged 15-44) 31-42 43-49 50-56 57-62 63-70 Rate (per 1,000 women aged 15-44) 5% Only 5 percent of unintended pregnancies were conceived by women who use birth control consistently. States where public spending on unintended births exceeds $1 billion. Where Note: Rates for Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota estimated by multiple regression. A HUFFINGTON POST GRAPHIC