What can we do to reduce unplanned pregnancies?

Nurse practitioner Gail Brown (L) an unidentified patient and other nurses look at a print out of an ultrasound from a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona October 8, 2009. The maternity outreach program helps uninsured women living in the Phoenix metropolitan area receive the proper treatment and care during and after their pregnancy. The Maternity Outreach Mobile is equipped with two exam rooms, an ultrasound machine, an external fetal monitor, a laboratory and offers pregnancy tests, referrals and immunization for children. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - WASE5A91J3I01

Nearly half of the pregnancies in the United States each year are unplanned, and such unwanted or mistimed pregnancies can create negative outcomes for women, children, and families. Greater access to birth control, especially long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS) empower women to only have children if, and when, and with whom they want. As restrictions on abortion become more widespread, states and organizations are looking to increase the availability of family planning information and access to contraceptive methods like LARCS. In this episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill leads a conversation with former Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Mark Edwards, the co-founder and co-CEO of Upstream USA, a non-profit working to expand opportunity by reducing unplanned pregnancy in the US.

Also on the program, in a new Metro Lens segment, Senior Fellow Jennifer Vey, director of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking, describes how the digital revolution is shifting where jobs are concentrating and why this job density matters to cities and regions.

Related Content:

Preventing unplanned pregnancy: Lessons from the states

Where jobs are concentrating and why it matters to cities and regions

Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage (book)

Why Marriage is the Best Environment for Kids (podcast episode)

Improving Opportunity through Access to Family Planning (event)


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