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Poverty, Not Race, Increases Risk of Unplanned Pregnancy


by Dana Dovey

Certain demographics are more likely to have unintended pregnancies than others, but while some reports point to racial differences among women who have unplanned pregnancies, a new study from the University of Michigan suggests that the real answer may instead lie in socioeconomic factors that transcend race.

Statistics show that black women have more unintended pregnancies than white women, but new research has shown that this is not because black women engage in riskier sex or have more sex than white women. Instead, the report showed that poor women of all races have fewer but longer relationships, use contraceptives less frequently and use less effective methods than women from more advantaged backgrounds.

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