Bengal: 3 million unwanted babies by 2021
September 26th 2012
With West Bengal estimated to add nearly 12.7 million people to its population by 2021, a whopping three million of those would be a result of unwanted/unplanned pregnancies, an expert said on Tuesday.
“Judging by the estimates of the current census, the state’s population will go to 104 million people from 91.3 million. Of this additional population of 12.7 million, nearly three million babies will be result of unwanted and unplanned pregnancy,” said Devendra Kothari of the Rajiv Gandhi Population Mission of the Rajasthan government.
Kothari, a professor of Population Programme Management, quoted the 2011 census to point out that only 50 percent women in the state used modern contraceptive methods with most of them from the urban population.
“Most women in rural areas still use traditional and unscientific contraceptive methods which are not effective. As a result, they get pregnant when either they have not planned or they did not want pregnancy,” said Kothari.
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