“Contraception is the pre-formation of a person, a unique person, so I think people should avoid pregnancy,” said Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser in last year. “Because once another person is formed, there are two patients, two people to consider.”
Nearly half of all 6.1 million pregnancies in the US are unintended, according to the Guttmacher Institute, with teens ages 15 to 19 experiencing the highest rate of unintended pregnancies.
About 10.2 million women of reproductive age rely on less effective methods such as condoms or no contraception at all, according to data presented by FDA experts for HRA Pharma.
Unintended pregnancy is also associated with higher risk and less prenatal care, increased rates of miscarriage, postpartum depression, premature birth and infant mortality.
Maternal mortality rates are also on the rise, rising by around 90 percent between 2018 and 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 33 women will die for every 100,000 births in 2021, up from 17.4 in 2018. burden of deaths, potentially benefiting most from over-the-counter access to birth control.