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.
• Of all unintended pregnancies, 4 in 10 are aborted.
• 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 MATERNAL AGE
ABORTION BY RACE
• Blacks comprise only 13% of the population of America but account for 37% of all abortions.
• Black women are five times more likely to abort than white women.
• 69% of pregnancies among Blacks are unintended, while that number is 54% among Hispanics and 40% of pregnancies among Whites.
• Planned Parenthood, the largest seller of abortions in the United States, has located 80% of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods, disproportionally targeting minorities for abortion.
ABORTION BY RELIGION
ABORTION BY FAMILY INCOME
PUBLIC 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.
Below are the results from various polls reflecting the changing attitudes about abortion that were released in May, 2009.