N C H S - Publications and Information Products - Fertility, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health of U.S. Women: Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth
it's not the most exciting piece of writing, but ever since i started working at National Non Profit, i've been digging studies, research papers and stats.
but in light of recent discussions about abortion and choice, let's get a good look at the whole picture: who's having babies, why and when.
2 things that stand out to me:
in 2002, 14% of births to women/girls between the age 14-44 were unwanted at time of conception (which leads me to wonder how accessible contraception was or how wanted the sex was - which leads me to the second thing...)
'younger age at first sexual intercourse was associated with higher incidence of nonvoluntary first intercourse' (in other words, 20% of women who had sex before age 15 were sexually assaulted)
the other stats are fascinating, too (the numbers about poverty, education level and use of contraceptives are telling). why bring these up now?
i like numbers.