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Teenagers and Pregnancy June 03, 2007 5:43 PM

The National Campaign Expands Its Mission

One-third of pregnancies in the United States are unwanted, according to a new analysis released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. That is, two million of the 6.4 million pregnancies in 2001 were unwanted (most recent data available). Over half (54%) of unwanted pregnancies occur to women in their twenties. And there is evidence that the rate of unwanted pregnancies may be increasing.

This large number of unwanted pregnancies has far-reaching consequences for women, men, children, families, and society. To help ensure that more pregnancies are wanted and welcomed, the National Campaign announced on May 9 that it is expanding its work to include young adults while still maintaining its focus on teens.

The National Campaign’s new focus is made possible by generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation which has made a ten year commitment to preventing unwanted pregnancy and reducing the need for abortion in America.

In support of the National Campaign’s expanded focus, we have created a sister website, Our new website for teens——is now also up and running.

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