A new study by the Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund finds that the number of women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but are not using modern contraceptives declined only slightly between 2008 and 2012. However, in the 69 poorest countries—where 73% of all women with unmet need for modern contraceptives reside—the number actually increased, from 153 million to 162 million women. The report also documents the dramatic benefits that would result if the demand for modern contraception were met.
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