Unwanted pregnancy

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An unwanted pregnancy is a pregnancy which the mother would prefer to terminate (through abortion if necessary) for any of a number of possible reasons.

The frequent occurrence of unwanted pregnancies worldwide is almost universally seen as a problem, though "pro-life" and "pro-choice" political factions advocate very different solutions.


  • Teen pregnancy is often used as a proxy for unwanted pregnancy.
  • Many unwanted pregnancies may also be unintended, but some unintended pregnancies are wanted and some intended pregnancies become unwanted (most commonly due to medical issues). Unintended pregnancies are not a problem per se; a problem only exists if the pregnancy is unwanted.


Wikipedia and Conservapedia redirect "unwanted pregnancy" to "unintended pregnancy", which is a subtly different concept albeit with a large degree of overlap: