Women surviving on low incomes have higher rates of unintended pregnancy. This is not surprising, given the challenges they face in accessing contraception and consistently using it correctly.
In addition to higher rates of unintended pregnancy, a Toronto study found higher rates of sexually transmitted infections in those aged 15-24 living on low incomes.
Once pregnant, disadvantaged adolescents are less likely to have an abortion. Data from the city of Winnipeg showed that young women in the highest income quintile have higher rates of abortion and lower rates of live birth than young women in the lowest income quintile.
Women from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to have a positive view of adoption as an option for the resolution of an unintended pregnancy.