Just one of several fascinating pieces of information in Irin Carmon's piece on contraceptive policy:
After all, for higher-income women, the rate of unintended pregnancy has declined since 1994 by 29 percent; unintended pregnancies among women living below the federal poverty line rose 50 percent in the same period.
That's probably not purely a result of financial barriers to obtaining more effective forms of birth control, but it helps illustrate the kind of social problems that can at least be ameliorated by the provision of more comprehensive preventive health care services to people of all incomes.
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