Arnold Kling, Society and Unplanned Pregnancy | Library of Economics and Liberty:
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Although Sawhill refers to these pregnancies as unplanned and to the children as unwanted, I would note that the mothers' "revealed preference" is to have children. Not only do they become pregnant, they choose not to terminate their pregnancies or seek to place their children for adoption.
Even as a bleeding-heart libertarian, I would prefer simple income transfers to policies that presume to tell people when and when not to have children. I am inclined to wish Sawhill success in her efforts to improve the ability of young women to plan their families. However, I would like to see the state stay very far away from such issues.