Surprise! Half of US Pregnancies Are Accidents

28 million American women are at risk of unintended pregnancy
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 11:58 AM CDT
"The main problem is that taking a pill every day or using a method every time you have sex is really hard to do for 20 or 30 years," says the report's principal investigator.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Nearly half of all US pregnancies are accidents, a new survey shows. The risk of unintended pregnancy is especially high for women unsatisfied with their contraceptive method, says the report, released by a think tank on reproductive issues. The problem isn't laziness or absent-mindedness, reports the Boston Globe—it's a complex combination of attitudes, habits, and other factors.

"The way I explain it to my patients is, Mother Nature wants the species to survive, so all of us are hard-wired for sex," said one internist. "And that's what you're up against. It's not about 'good person' or 'bad person.'"