Intended and Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide in 2012 and Recent Trends

by Gilda Sedgh, Susheela Singh, and Rubina Hussain
Studies in Family Planning 2014; 45[3]: 301–314

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The authors found that eighty-five million pregnancies, representing 40 percent of all pregnancies, were unintended in 2012. Of these, 50 percent ended in abortion, 13 percent ended in miscarriage, and 38 percent resulted in an unplanned birth. The unintended pregnancy rate continued to decline in Africa and in the Latin America and Caribbean region. If the aims of the London Summit on Family Planning are carried out, the incidence of unwanted and mistimed pregnancies should decline in the coming years.

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