March 2022. The neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy is the subject of UNFPA’s flagship 2022 State of World Population report, released on March 30, 2022. Titled “Seeing the Unseen,” the report examines how such pregnancies represent a global failure to uphold basic human rights.
Nearly half of all pregnancies, totalling 121 million each year throughout the world, are unintended. For the women and girls affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice—whether or not to become pregnant—is no choice at all.
The number is expected to rise with population growth if we don’t take decisive action. Myths about unintended pregnancy contribute to the shame, stigma and misunderstandings that must be overcome to end this crisis.
The full report is available in several languages, here.