19% of teens who have had sexual intercourse become pregnant each year. 78% of these pregnancies are unplanned. 6 in 10 teen pregnancies occur among 18-19 year olds.
64% of women of childbearing age practice contraception. 31% are pregnant, infertile, or not sexually active. Only 5% of women who need contraception are not using a method. However, they account for 47% of the 3 million unwanted pregnancies that occur each year in the US. The majority of unintended pregnancies among contraceptive users result from inconsistent or incorrect use.
Each tax dollar spent on contraceptive services saves an average of $3 in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related health care and medical care of newborns. Without these services, federal and state Medicaid expenditures would increase by $1.2 billion a year.
Without publicly funded contraceptive services, there would be 40% more abortions each year in the US. The rate among teens would increase by 58%. The teen birth rate and births to unmarried women would both increase by about 25%.
Low-income and minority women who do not want to become pregnant are twice as likely as other women to be non-users of contraceptives.
Each year, 2 of every 100 women of childbearing age have an abortion. 47% have had at least one previous abortion, and 55% have had a previous birth.
An estimated 43% of women will have at least one abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
Catholic women are 29% more likely than Protestants to have an abortion, but are as likely as all women nationally to do so.
14,000 women have abortions following rape or incest.
The risk of death associated with childbirth is about 10 times as high as that associated with abortion.
Worldwide, the lifetime average is about 1 abortion per woman.
13% of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide are related to complications of unsafe abortion.
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