• This report also in Arabic.

(September 2008) Every pregnancy should be intended and wanted, according to the Jordanian government’s policies and international agreements related to family planning and reproductive health. However, one in three pregnancies in Jordan is unintended—either mistimed or unwanted.

Policies and programs that reduce unintended pregnancies are justified on health and human rights grounds, and they can help Jordan achieve its population and development goals. This research paper intends to help policymakers and program managers in Jordan understand the extent and nature of unintended pregnancies and their implications for women and their families. A better understanding of unintended pregnancies and their causes will enable decisionmakers to remove obstacles that prevent families from having their desired number of children.


Rozzet Jurdi is a Ph.D. candidate in social demography at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She participated in the Population Reference Bureau’s MENA Fellowship Program in 2008 and prepared this paper, based on a longer unpublished paper, “Unintended Pregnancies in Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco: Contributing Factors and the Extent of Responsibility.” Jurdi may be contacted at: rjurdisa@uwo.ca.