A series of studies released by the imitable Guttmacher Institute, looking at everything from rates of unintended pregnancy to who gets abortions, shows us that abortion rates for women overall have gone down 8 percent from 2000-2008. Yay, except there has been an 18 percent increase among poor women in that same time. This suggests what activists have long claimed: access to reproductive health technologies and information about contraception impacts rates of unintended pregnancies.
A state-by-state breakdown tells us even more. The states that appear to have the highest rate of unintended pregnancies carried to term also just happen to be the anti-choice, forced child birth movement hotspots.
The median proportion of unintended pregnancies ending in birth was 58%, and the median proportion ending in abortion was 29% (the remainder ended in fetal loss). States where relatively low proportions ended in birth included New York (33%), New Jersey (36%), Connecticut (37%), Maryland (41%) and Massachusetts (41%). The states with the highest proportions of unintended pregnancies ending in birth were South Dakota (72%); Louisiana and Utah (71% each); and Arkansas, Kentucky and Nebraska (68% each).