The Guttmacher Institute estimates the incidence, consequences and costs of unintended pregnancy globally, regionally and at the country level, and seeks to understand what drives unintended pregnancy rates and trends. We promote policies and strategies that enable women to time and space their pregnancies.

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Our new data show that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people in countries with the fewest resources could not obtain lifesaving contraceptive, pregnancy-related and newborn care. Unless the global community prioritizes essential sexual and reproductive health services now, the pandemic could severely exacerbate those needs.