Unintended Pregnancy Rates Rise Despite Increased Contraception Use

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  1. Revmitchell

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    ...Some have argued that increasing the availability of more reliable forms of contraception will reduce the incidence of abortion. A 2012 Centers for Disease Control study cites does show increases in contraception use since 1995, concurrent with increased use of more reliable forms of contraception, such as the birth-control pill and the IUD. However, despite this increase in contraceptive use, the report indicates that the unintended-pregnancy rate actually increased slightly between 1995 and 2008.

    Due to risk compensation — which means that those with access to contraception will engage in sexual activity more often — increased use of contraceptives often fails to reduce the unintended-pregnancy rate. There is a also body of research documenting the ineffectiveness of various contraception-access programs. A study of a free-contraception program in Scotland that appeared in the journal Contraception found no decline in abortion rate, while a study of a free-contraception program in San Francisco from the Journal of the American Medical Association found the program produced no decrease in unintended-pregnancy rates.


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