If you don’t want to have children out of wedlock, don’t have sex. If you insist on doing so you should realize that every act of intercourse is potentially going to result in a pregnancy. If you’re surprised that you’ve become pregnant, ladies, in this day and age, you have only yourselves to blame. The power lies with you.
Women do themselves no favors when, on the one hand, they rightly insist that their bodies are their own to do with as they please and then in the next breath lament the fact that they had no control over their partner’s behavior and lo and behold, an unwanted pregnancy resulted. You can’t have it both ways. Either your bodies are your own or they aren’t. Ergo, all the cards are in your hands.
More than two-thirds of pregnancies in unmarried 20-something women between 2001 and 2008 were unplanned, a new study finds.
In 2008 alone, nearly 10 percent of unmarried women ages 20 to 29 experienced an unintended pregnancy. About half of unintended pregnancies in this age group end in abortion, according to the study released Tuesday (April 24) by the non-profit Guttmacher Institute.
The study pulled data on unplanned pregnancy, abortion and miscarriage rates from a multitude of national sources, including the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Survey of Family Growth and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results revealed that there were 3.4 million pregnancies in women in their 20s between 2001 and 2008. Of these, more than half, or 1.95 million were in unmarried women.
Of those 1.95 million pregnancies, 69 percent were unintentional. The rate was highest in women ages 20 to 24, with 73 percent of pregnancies in this age group unplanned. In women 25 to 29, 63 percent were unplanned.