Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Accidental Births

More than one-third (37 percent) of babies born to American women are unintended--either the birth was mistimed or not wanted at all, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Since 1982 there has been little change in the percentage of unintended births, which has ranged from 31 to 39 percent of total births. According to the latest data, 63 percent of births are intended, 23 percent are mistimed, and 14 percent are unwanted.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Intended and Unintended Births in the United States: 1982-2006

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