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Gender and Unintended Pregnancy

Illustration of 8-week fetus, Dr. Henry Gray (1821-1865)
Gray, 1918



















In 2003, there were 447 904 pregnancies in Canada [1].  Of these, approximately 39%, or 174 682, were unintended [2]In 2003, 103 768 pregnancies were terminated via therapeutic abortion [3].

In the United States in 2002, the direct costs of unintended pregnancy reached US$5 Billion.  The direct medical savings in the US in 2002 due to contraceptive use was US$19 Billion [4].

  • What is "Unintended Pregnancy" and why is it so common?

  • What are we doing to prevent unintended pregnancy?

  • Who is having abortions?  Are they all pro-choice?

  • What do men feel about unintended pregnancy?









1. Statistics Canada. "Pregnancy Outcomes, 2003". Catalogue number: 82-224-XIE. 2006. Minister of Industry, Ottawa.

2. Delbanco S., Lundy J., Hoff T., Parker M., Smith M.D. "Public Knowledge and Perceptions About Unplanned Pregnancy and Contraception in Three Countries" 1997. Family Planning Perspectives, 29:70–75

3. Statistics Canada. "Induced Abortion Statistics, 2003" Catalogue Number 82-223-XIE. 2006. Minister of Industry, Ottawa.

4. Trussel J. “The cost of unintended pregnancy in the United States” 2007. Contraception 75:168-170.

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