Adding it up: the costs and opportunities of universal access to contraception services

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Ann Starrs, Guttmacher Institute | Despite significant improvements in access to contraceptive services over the past decade, there are still 225 million women living in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern contraception. The consequences are huge: 74 million unintended pregnancies, 28 million unplanned births and 20 million unsafe abortions each year. In addition, tens of millions of women do not receive the basic pregnancy and delivery care they need to protect their health and that of their newborns.

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