Data Spanning Time and Place

A behemoth data analysis published in the Lancet takes a worldwide snapshot of a nebulous issue: unintended pregnancies.

The ambitious study gathered data on abortion rates and surveys of women on unintended pregnancies, published by the UN Population Division and other sources.

Both developed and developing regions saw a drop in unintended pregnancies from 1990-2014, but the rates of decline differed: 30% and 16%, respectively. The numbers in both groups, however, indicate that there’s more work to be done in global family planning efforts.

A companion commentary praised the study as “a landmark contribution” underscoring the reality that “unintended pregnancy is not only a developing country problem.”

The Lancet Global Health

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