Contraceptive Needs and Services, 2010

August 5, 2013 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

Highlights from the Guttmacher Study

In 2010, 19.1 million women were in need of publicly funded contraceptive services and
supplies because they were sexually active, physically able to get pregnant, but not currently
pregnant or trying to get pregnant, and were either adult women under 250% of the federal
poverty level or younger than 20. All the growth in the need for publicly funded contraceptive
services between 2000 and 2010 was among poor and low-income adults. Of the 19.1 million
women in need of publicly supported care in 2010, 5.8 million (30%) were uninsured.

A total of 8.9 million women received publicly supported contraceptive services in 2010.
Clinics served 6.7 million women (including 4.7 million served by clinics funded by the federal
Title X program). The remaining 2.2 million received care from private doctors paid by Medicaid.

In 2010, publicly funded contraceptive services helped women prevent 2.2 million unintended
pregnancies; 1.1 million of these would have resulted in unplanned births and 760,000 in abor-
tions. Without publicly funded contraceptive services, the rate of unintended pregnancies,
unplanned births and abortions in the United States would all be 66% higher; the rates for
teens would be 73% higher.

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