45 percent of Minnesota's pregnancies unintended, says new report

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A lot of pregnancies in 2008 were a surprise.

So says a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health. When one of its researchers crunched the 2008 numbers, she found that in 31 states, more than half of pregnancies were unintended.

Minnesota, though, wasn't one of them.

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According to the institute's analysis, here, relatively "just" 45 percent of all pregnancies in 2008 were unintended. Cross-reference that number with Minnesota's female population, and the figure breaks down to 43 unintended pregnancies per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. That's 4.3 percent of all Minnesota women of child-bearing age who experienced an unintended pregnancy.

"Unintended" means different things. The institute split that label into two categories, "mistimed" and "unwanted." Most of the women who found themselves unexpectedly pregnant in 2008 wanted a baby at some point, the institute found, just not right then: While 27 percent of the unintended pregnancies were unwanted, many more -- 73 percent -- came at the wrong time.

For a better idea of how Minnesota compares, Delaware topped the list with 70 unintended pregnancies per 1,000 women, and New Hampshire brought up the low end, with 31 per 1,000. Across the country, rates tended to be higher in the south and southwest, and in states with big cities. To visualize the trends, the institute put together a map:


For Minnesota and for most states, the institute got its data from several sources, including a pregnancy monitoring survey known as PRAMS and a Guttmacher-conducted census of abortion providers.

Update 9:20 a.m.: This post was corrected to more clearly represent the numbers.

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10 comments
Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

45% of pregnancies, 4.3% of total women ages 15 to 44. numbers are hard.

_Joe_
_Joe_

What fucking moron let this headline slide?  Somebody can't math.

Angela Knudson
Angela Knudson

That isn't what the report says. I'd check the title of this article.

H8TER
H8TER

wow why don't we just KILL all those unborn babies. Problem solved

Rachel Baker
Rachel Baker

Isn't 45/1000 supposed to be 4.3%? Maybe you meant 45/100??...

samiratou
samiratou

"Between women ages 15 to 44, that number drops a little bit, to 43 unintended pregnancies in 1,000 women."

That number doesn't represent a drop, it's just the number instead of the percent. According to the report 43 pregnancies per 1000 women were unintended, with 53 intended. 43+53 = 96 total pregnancies. 43/96 = 45%. 

Very confusing summary...

olavecchia1
olavecchia1

@samiratou You're right, that sentence was confusing. Thank you for the comment, and I've corrected the post to better reflect this now.

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