un·​want·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwän-təd How to pronounce unwanted (audio) \

Definition of unwanted

: not wanted or needed attracting unwanted attention giving away some unwanted possessions

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Haugeberg noted that at a time when Alabama and some other states are trying to take away women’s choice to end unwanted pregnancies, more women are dying in child birth, a statistic that seems at odds with 21st century medical advances. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "When abortion was a risky misdemeanor: Alabama before Roe v. Wade," 26 June 2019 Unlike other non-profits that assist in low-income women getting holistic care for unwanted pregnancies, the fund only supports women who are seeking to terminate their pregnancies. Fox News, "NYC to become first city to directly fund abortions," 18 June 2019 The administration is also working to provide greater access to birth control to reduce unwanted pregnancies. Washington Post, "Guam Catholic group protests recruitment of abortion doctors," 16 June 2019 Moreover, unwanted pregnancies kill many women and infants in Africa, or lead to abortions. New York Times, "Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive, Does Not Raise H.I.V. Risk," 13 June 2019 The precursory study found that women who were unable to terminate an unwanted pregnancy were four times as likely to be below the federal poverty level, and three times as likely to be unemployed. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Denying Women Abortions Can Cause Them Long-Term Health Problems, a New Study Says," 12 June 2019 Women from various backgrounds sought to end unwanted pregnancies before and during this period both in the U.S. and across the world. Treva B Lindsey, The Conversation, "A concise history of the US abortion debate," 10 June 2019 As far are preventing an unwanted pregnancy, there are emergency contraceptives like Plan B and ella, as well as a copper IUD, which is effective up to five days after intercourse. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's What to Do If Your Condom Breaks During Sex," 7 June 2019 Opponents say the legislation takes reproductive decisions away from women and forces them to continue unwanted pregnancies. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Federal judge blocks Ohio's 'heartbeat bill' abortion ban," 10 Apr. 2019

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unwanted

: not wanted or needed


un·​want·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯn-təd, -ˈwän-\

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: not desired or needed

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