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Women’s health in jeopardy: Failure to curb unintended pregnancies

A statement from the AAN Women’s Health Expert Panel
      Care of and access to health care for women across the age span has always been at the forefront of nursing’s advocacy through education, practice, and research. One well-recognized method to improve the health status of women and children lies in managing unintended pregnancies; however, evidence shows that little progress has been made on this front. Threatening to roll back what little progress has been made, as well as the potential to achieve better management of unintended pregnancies, contemporary health policy fails to consistently ensure access to high-quality reproductive health care for all women in the United States. Further, research has not been focused sufficiently on identifying key factors that hinder reducing unintended pregnancies. Therefore, the Women’s Health Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing urgently calls nurses individually, and the nursing profession as a whole, to support:
      • 1.
        Governmental and private funding for pregnancy preventive services directed to and self-selected by women, including access to assistance with fertility protection and prevention, reproductive health promotion, health care provider and consumer education, access to affordable insurance, and inclusion of reproductive services in primary care insurance benefits.
      • 2.
        Governmental and private funding for research directed at clarifying and eliminating factors contributing to unintended pregnancy and development and testing of innovative and novel preventive services for girls and women.
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