The high cost of unintended pregnancy

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    The public cost of unintended pregnancy is estimated to be about 11 billion dollars per year in short term medical costs.[11] This includes costs of births, one year of infant medical care and costs of fetal loss.[11] Preventing unintended pregnancy would save the public over 5 billion dollars per year in short term medical costs.[11] Savings in long term costs and in other areas would be much larger.[11] By another estimate, the direct medical costs of unintended pregnancies, not including infant medical care, was $5 billion in 2002.[27]

    Of the 800,000 teen pregnancies per year,[28] over 80% were unintended in 2001.[1] One-third of teen pregnancies result in abortion.[28] In 2002, about 9% of women at risk for unintended pregnancy were teenagers,[20] but about 20% of the unintended pregnancies in the United States are to teenagers.[29] A somewhat larger proportion of unintended births are reported as mistimed, rather than unwanted, for teens compared to women in general (79% mistimed for teens vs. 69% among all women in 1998).[30]

    In the US it is estimated that 52% of unintended pregnancies result from couples not using contraception in the month the woman got pregnant, and 43% result from inconsistent or incorrect contraceptive use; only 5% result from contraceptive failure, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute.[1] Contraceptive use saved an estimated $19 billion in direct medical costs from unintended pregnancies in 2002.[27]

    In 2006, publicly funded family planning services (Title X, medicaid, and state funds) helped women avoid 1.94 million unintended pregnancies, thus preventing about 860,000 unintended births and 810,000 abortions.[31] Without publicly funded family planning services, the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in the United States would be nearly two-thirds higher among women overall and among teens; the number of unintended pregnancies among poor women would nearly double[31] The services provided at publicly funded clinics saved the federal and state governments an estimated $5.1 billion in 2008 in short term medical costs.[31] Nationally, every $1.00 invested in helping women avoid unintended pregnancy saved $3.74 in Medicaid expenditures that otherwise would have been needed.[31]

    Reducing unintended pregnancy in the United States would be particularly desirable since abortion is such a politically divisive issue.[3]

    Rape

    A longitudinal study in 1996 of over 4000 women in the United States followed for 3 years found that the rape-related pregnancy rate was 5.0% among victims aged 12–45 years. Applying that rate to rapes committed in the United States would indicate that there are over 32,000 pregnancies in the United States as a result of rape each year.[32]

    Unintended pregnancy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Life costs money. Can't afford your living expenses? Kill yourself.
     
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    Then buy some fucking condoms and stop reproducing... what is wrong with you libs? You have zero self control and you always want somebody else to foot the bill for your fuck ups.

    Geesh.
     
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    What costs more is killing the future.
     
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    don't the schools have condoms in their candy dishes?
     
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    As is true of all good fascist governments, first step is to make the unpalatable, palatable. The Obama admin is now telling us that Downs syndrome children should not be allowed to live as they are a "burden on society". Chrissy poo as is his duty (being an avowed fascist) is merely letting everyone know that this is right and proper.

    Then, a few years down the road, more "classes" of people can be classified as "undesirable" and they too can be eliminated all in the name of a "better society."

    Sound familiar?
     
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    Chris and his fellow Fascists openly support eugenics.
     
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    Pretty soon the government will be mandating how many kids Americans can have just like China.
     
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    Id like to see them try to stop me.
     
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