Abortions In America
INCIDENCE OF ABORTION
• National Center for Health Statistics showed that 4,317,119 babies were born in the U.S. in 2007.
• In the United States, about half of all pregnancies are unintended.
• There are approximately 1.21 million abortions in America each year.
• There has been a steady decline in abortions since 1980.
• Each year, about 2% of all women aged 15-44 have an abortion.
• Of the women obtaining abortions in any given year, about 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion.
• By age 45, one third of American women will have had at least one abortion.
• The U.S. has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any western industrialized nation.
• 88.7% of all abortions take place by the twelfth week of pregnancy.
WHY WOMEN GET ABORTIONS
• Women who have never been married account for one-third of abortions in America.
• Less than 1% of all abortions take place because of rape and/or incest.
Women give an average of 3.7 reasons why they are seeking an abortion including the following:
• 21% Inadequate finances
• 21% Not ready for responsibility
• 16% Woman’s life would be changed too much
• 12% Problems with relationships, unmarried
• 11% Too young and/or immature
• 8% Children are grown; she has all she wants
• 3% Baby has possible health problems
• <1% Pregnancy caused by rape/incest
• 4% Other
ABORTION BY GESTATIONAL AGE
ABORTION BY RACEPUBLIC OPINION ABOUT ABORTION
Since the election of President Barack Obama, Americans have experienced a shift in how they view abortion. In the spring of 2009, several polls showed that for the first time, the majority of Americans identify themselves as “pro-life.”
Not only that, those who identify themselves as “pro-choice” fell dramatically in the same time period that pro-life sentiment rose.