Out of 6 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year, nearly 3 million are unplanned
Most women who experience unintended pregnancies are either not using contraception or using a method that doesn’t work well for them. When patients can achieve their own goals of becoming pregnant only if and when they want to, they—and their families—can experience positive ripple effects throughout their lives.
In a recent survey, more than half of women said that contraceptive use is key to pursuing education, achieving their career goals and caring for their families. Studies show that unplanned pregnancy disproportionately affects poor and low-income women—which, along with other social determinants, can perpetuate negative health, economic and social outcomes. We believe that the lack of contraceptive access is a clear social justice and health equity issue for all individuals across the socioeconomic spectrum.