Oops! 37 Percent of U.S. Births Unintended

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In 1982, 37 percent of U.S. births were unintended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And guess what?

In 2010, 37 percent of U.S. births, the latest year for CDC stats, were ALSO unintended.

Meaning: Public health authorities have kindasortaTOTALLY failed at preventing unintended births.

So what's up?

These new stats, released today, consider mistimed or unwanted births as "unintended."

What's different today than some 30 years ago?

Well, there are fewer unintended births among white women, but this demographic now also accounts for fewer births overall.

The study notes that: "unmarried women, black women, and women with less education or income are still much more likely to experience unintended births compared with married, white, college-educated, and high-income women."

This suggests that the ability to decide when to have a kid varies depending largely on demographics.

You might wonder why this is so important?

Well, unintended births pose significant economic risks to moms-to-be.

As detailed by HealthDay, women who have unintended births tend to be poorer, and 35 percent of these births are paid for by Medicaid.

"That's an indicator that she wasn't ready," study author William Mosher said. "She wanted to finish high school, college, job training or get married before she had a baby."

Also, unintended births are expensive, costing the U.S. healthcare system $11 billion annually.

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JerroldNC
JerroldNC

There is no such thing as "unintended birth" or even "unintended pregnancy". What? Did you skip and accidentally fall down and get knocked up? No. People every day make the concious decision to engage in sexual behavior, and many make the choice of doing so without birth control. Or are too lazy to check the day after and get the morning-after-pill. Many of these women are trying to get some guy on the hook for a paycheck be it through child support or other means. Honestly, I am glad I can't have kids. Being a so-called "accidental father" (more like 'too stupid to think about protection so I became a father') is something I never have to deal with.

asdddeew
asdddeew

I think you mean to say pregnancies and not births.  Saying "unintended" births means these people wanted to get an abortion but they did not.

ss2000
ss2000

2/10.  Good to vary your sentences creatively while still maintaining your point, injection of sympathetic personal detail to counter hostility in other parts also a +  However, the overall point is several decades old and would have worked better in the 1990s (though kudos for updating to include the morning after pill).  A more contemporary version of the argument would be useful.

NeonMosfet
NeonMosfet

 @asdddeew That's probably what really happened. And if the Republican Party has its way, it will come after white women with the vengeance of Ceaucescu, for dictator of Romania. 

 

Angela Garcia@NeonMosfet

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