Published On: Wed, Aug 31st, 2011

New study: contraception promotion not working for the poor as unplanned pregnancies rising

A new study conducted by a former research arm of Planned Parenthood shows the policies of the abortion business promoting contraception and birth control to poor women aren’t working, as unplanned pregnancy rates are rising.

The Guttmacher Institute released a new study Wednesday showing considerable decline between 1981 and 1994 in the overall unplanned pregnancy rate has continued recently and remains relatively stable at 5 percent of American women having an unintended pregnancy annually.

However, the rate has increased dramatically among poor women, while among higher-income women it has continued to decrease substantially. (Emphasis added, The Dispatch).

Human Fetus at 8 weeks photo Henry Gray

Human Fetus at 8 weeks photo Henry Gray

Lawrence B. Finer and Mia R. Zolna conducted the new study, which compares the 1994 data to 2006 figures, and it found that, in 1994, the unintended pregnancy rate among women with incomes below the federal poverty line was 88 per 1,000 women aged 15–44.

That increased to 120 in 2001 and 132 in 2006—a 50% rise over the period. At the same time, the rate among higher-income women (those with incomes at or above 200% of the poverty line) fell from 34 in 1994 to 28 in 2001 and 24 in 2006—a 29% decrease.

“Poor women’s high rate of unintended pregnancy results in their also having high—and increasing—rates of both abortions (52 per 1,000) and unplanned births (66 per 1,000). In 2006, poor women had an unintended pregnancy rate five times that of higher-income women, and an unintended birth rate six times as high,” the new report showed.

“Analyzing U.S. government data from the National Survey of Family Growth and other sources, Finer and Zolna found that of the 6.7 million pregnancies in 2006, nearly half (49%) were unintended. Although some unintended pregnancies are accepted or even welcomed, more than four in ten (43%) end in abortion,” the study indicates. The figures make it clear that the birth control and contraception Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates promote are not working to prevent either unplanned pregnancies or abortions.


Planned Parenthood targets lower-income women with contraception, birth control and abortion, the new study is a blow to its agenda.

This new study confirms another Guttmacher Institute report, issued in January, showing the decline in abortions that had been taking place over the last two decades has finally stopped.

While Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates successfully lobbied the Obama administration and Congress to shift taxpayer funding from abstinence education to family planning, arguing it will decrease abortions further, the report indicates a majority of abortions took place after contraception failure.

The Guttmacher report shows “54 percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant.”

These figures are similar to those of a report in Spain showing abortions doubling despite increased family planning promotion.

The survey also shows that the women who say they did not intend to become pregnant, the report said “most of these women have practiced contraception in the past.”


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