Akilah Wise and Pamela Smock consider what ‘unintended’ pregnancy really means.
PSC alum, Akilah Wise, and PSC Research Professor Pamela Smock discuss What ‘unintended’ pregnancy really means in this commentary piece.”Rather than accurately reflecting a mother’s mindset, calling a pregnancy “unintended” merely labels her deviant from a hegemonic white cultural model of reproduction,” notes Wise.”A lot of people don’t know that two-thirds of non-marital births are to cohabiting couples and not just single women,” Smock notes. “Everything has changed since the 1950s. Men’s labor market opportunities, especially if they don’t have a college degree, have declined since this time. That’s huge. People can’t create that family of the ’50s.”