Not All Unintended Births Are Alike

Once upon a time, deciding whether a pregnancy was unintended was a simple and uncontroversial task; today, researchers face the challenges of measuring ambiguity and of interpreting apparent contradictions in behaviors, plans and emotions. But once researchers categorize births as unintended,...

Show Me the Money

Research into unintended pregnancies often focuses on their socioeconomic impact on mothers and children, but there’s a broader financial dimension at play: Unintended pregnancies cost the U.S. taxpayer a lot of money. A pair of articles published in Perspectives in 2011 set out to...

Unintended Pregnancy and Stigma in Alabama

Young women in the southern U.S. have disproportionately high rates of unintended pregnancy, yet little is known about this population’s attitudes toward the issue. An article in Perspectives in 2016 was a step in addressing this research gap. The qualitative study’s main takeaway?...

Measuring Unintended Pregnancy

A commonly used benchmark for measuring women’s reproductive health is the proportion of pregnancies that are unintended—that is, that occurred too soon or were unwanted. In the U.S., about half of all pregnancies each year are unintended. Implicit in current measures of intendedness is the...

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Throughout its 50 years, Perspectives has published a great deal of work on unintended pregnancy, covering such topics as how often it occurs, its outcomes and impacts, who is most likely to experience it and how it can be prevented. In recent decades, sexual and reproductive health...

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Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Perspectives may be accessed through Wiley Online Library (2003–) and JSTOR (1969–2011).

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine

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