Unplanned Pregnancies Cost American Taxpayers $21 billion Every Year

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My grandmother had 11 children and while it’s great to come from a big family, if that were to happen now, I doubt anyone could afford it. Children are expensive, especially when they’re unplanned. Unintended pregnancies cost American taxpayers $21 billion each year, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

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About half of U.S. pregnancies are unplanned and public insurance programs like Medicaid pay for almost 70% of those. According to the study, publicly funded births cost $12,770 in prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care and the first year of infant care, and another $7,947 for months 13-60—over $20,000 per birth.