If the antis get their way, these numbers will only increase.
U.S. women of childbearing age who were surveyed in 2002 revealed that 14 percent of their recent births were unwanted at the time of conception, federal researchers said Monday.On my trip to the "red states" this summer, I met many people whose sole mission in life is to overturn Roe v. Wade. None of them have adopted and most refuse to take a position on the pill.
In a similar 1995 survey, only 9 percent were unwanted at the time of conception.
At least one anti-abortion group said the numbers reflect a national "pro-life shift," while others who research reproductive health issues suggested it might mean less access to abortion.
The proportion of unwanted births at time of conceptions was highest among girls under 18 - 25.4 percent. It was lowest among women 30 to 44 - 10.4 percent.
The proportion was higher for black women (26.2 percent) than for Hispanics (16.8 percent) and whites (10.7 percent).
Here are some other highlights from the new federal report:
About 42 percent of women in 2002 said they never married, up from 38 percent in 1995.
About 50 percent of women in 2002 said they had lived with a man in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, up from 41 percent of women in the 1995 survey.