United States | Pregnancy

Unintended Pregnancy

For decades, the Guttmacher Institute has estimated the incidence, consequences and costs of unintended pregnancy; examined what drives unintended pregnancy rates and trends; identified groups at high risk of unintended pregnancy; and promoted policies and programs that enable women to time and space their pregnancies.


The decline in unintended pregnancy rates in a majority of states since 2006 is a positive development. However, rates in some southern and densely-populated states remain twice as high as those in other states—a variation that likely reflects differences in demographic characteristics and socioeconomic conditions across states