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Recession Impacting Women’s Childbirth Decisions

September 24, 2009

The recession is impacting how many American women feel about giving birth during a troubled economy, according to a new survey.

Researchers with the Alan Guttmacher Institute surveyed nearly 1,000 sexually active women of low and middle incomes.

They found that nearly half of women surveyed said they would delay pregnancy or limit the number of children they have during the recession.

Additionally, many women told researchers they would be cutting spending on birth control by using a cheaper method or discontinuing contraceptive use altogether.

“The recession has put many women — including middle-class women who are having trouble making ends meet — in an untenable situation,” Dr. Sharon Camp, president and chief executive of the Guttmacher Institute told Reuters.

“They want to avoid unintended pregnancy more than ever, but at the same time are having difficulty affording the out-of-pocket costs of prescription contraception,” she said.

“Unfortunately, while delaying a prescription refill or skipping pills may save women money in the short term, it increases their risk of an unintended pregnancy and results in greater costs related to abortion and unplanned birth later on.”

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