Contraceptives prevent pregnancy and spare women the agony of abortions. However, an analysis of a 2002 US government survey by Alan Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization, revealed otherwise. It observed that half of the women who had come for having an abortion had had previous ones earlier. Those who had come for repeat abortions were over the age of 30. They were from large families with low income. Most of them said that they were using contraceptives and had conceived in spite of it.
Abortions are common these days; around 46 million women worldwide have abortions every year. The maximum numbers are from Romania, Cuba and Vietnam.
Rachel Jones, a research associate who headed the study, said, 'This suggests that we need to do a better job helping all women better prevent unwanted pregnancies, so they can avoid having to decide whether to seek abortions or raise children they are not prepared for.'
Sharon Camp, the Chief executive officer for Alan Guttmacher Institute said the separation of federal government and family planning is the cause for this increase in abortion rates.
She said, 'These policies interfere with the ability of abortion providers to ensure continuity of care for their patients by guaranteeing that, following an abortion, every woman has an appropriate contraceptive method and is able to use it consistently.'