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Contraception use in US declines

5th May 2006

In the US, the use of contraceptives has decreased dramtically over the last decade, especially among poor women. Consequently, there are more unntentional pregancies and the reduction in abortions has slowed.

Among sexually active women who were not trying to get pregnant, the percentage of those not using contraception increased from 7% to 11% between 1994 to 2001.
The rise was more striking among women living below the poverty line, says The New York Times. In 2001, 14% were not using contraception compared with 8% in 1994.

More affluent women were also less likely to use contraception, climbing from 7% in 1994 to 10% in 2001.
There were similar increases across all ethnic groups.

Of 3 million pregnancies in the United States each year, half are unintended and half of those are carried to term. About 14,000 women who carry the pregnancies put the children up for adoption, and 1.3 million have abortions.

The abortion rate, which had been falling steadily since the 1980s, has now levelled off.

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