March 11, 2015 | Number of The Day
Estimated number of births in NJ in 2010 that were unplanned -- more than half of all births

The Guttmacher Institute, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that more than half of all births in New Jersey were unplanned in 2010.

What’s more, 52.4 percent of those births were publicly funded.

When all unplanned pregnancies are added to the estimate, whether they resulted in birth, miscarriage, or abortion, the institute said the cost in New Jersey was $477 million — $291 from the federal government and $186 million from the state.

Nationally, according to the institute, Medicaid and other public-health programs paid for 51 percent of all U.S. births.

The Guttmacher Institute argues that the nation needs to fund more family-planning services, which will allow women to plan their pregnancies and save the public dollars in the long run.