10 Facts about Unplanned Pregnancy

Are you experiencing an unplanned, unwanted, or unexpected pregnancy? Are you interested in learning about unplanned pregnancy? You have come to the right place. Below you will find at least ten facts behind unplanned pregnancy that you may find interesting.

  1. 9 out of 10 abortions are the result of an unplanned pregnancy.
  2. 84 percent of women who had an abortion say they would have kept their babies if their situation had been different. This could be anything because every woman’s situation is different such as being married, planning a pregnancy, or better family support.
  3. Over 40 percent of births from fathers less than 24 years old are unplanned. This figure is similar to that of women.
  4. Nearly half of all community college students are pregnant or have gotten somebody pregnant. This figure is about 48 percent. A reason for this could be due to the higher average age of community college attendees.
  5. Around 55 percent of unplanned pregnancies have happened to women in their 20s.
  6. Births that occur from unintended pregnancies are associated with adverse maternal and child health outcomes such as prematurity, delayed prenatal care, and negative physical and mental health effects for children.
  7. By the year 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services aims to increase the proportion of intended pregnancies by 10 percent. This is a part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 campaign.
  8. Rates of unintended pregnancies tend to be higher in densely populated states, states in the South and states in the Southwest. 
  9. Rates of unintended pregnancy are higher among poor and lower-income women, women between the ages of 18 and 24, cohabiting women, and minority women. Rates tend to be lower among higher-income women, white women, college graduates, and married women.
  10. In 2011, 58 percent of unintended pregnancies resulted in birth and 42 percent ended in abortion.