Report: The Public Costs of Births Resulting from Unintended Pregnancies: National and State-Level Estimates
The Guttmacher Institute finds that the birth-associated costs of approximately two-thirds of unplanned pregnancies are picked up by taxpayers.
From the press release:
“The Public Costs of Births Resulting from Unintended Pregnancies: National and State-Level Estimates,” by Adam Sonfield and colleagues at the Guttmacher Institute, relied on state-level data from 2006 to estimate costs for each state, which were then added together to arrive at a national total. The study found that two-thirds of births resulting from unintended pregnancies—more than one million births—are publicly funded, and the proportion tops 80% in a couple of states. The cost of those births, and the potential gross saving from helping women to avert them, is estimated at $11.1 billion.