INCIDENCE OF ABORTION
• A total of 730,322 abortions were reported to Centers for Disease Control for 2011, the most recent year numbers are available. (Reporting is voluntary and not 100%.)
• In 2011, the total number of abortions decreased by 5% over 2010 numbers.
• The Associated Press reported in June, 2015, that nationwide the number of abortions decreased by an average 12% since 2010.
• CDC showed that 3,932,181 babies were born in the U.S. in 2013.
• In the United States, about half of all pregnancies are unintended.
• Of all unintended pregnancies, 4 in 10 are aborted.
• Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. end in abortion (not including natural miscarriages).
• There has been a steady decline in abortions since 1980.
• Each year, about 1.7% of all women aged 15-44 have an abortion.
• Of the women obtaining abortions in any given year, about half 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. abortion rate in 2011 was 13.9 abortions per 1,000, down from 19.4 per 1,000 in 2008.
• 88.7% of all abortions take place by the twelfth week of pregnancy.
WHY WOMEN GET ABORTIONS
• Some 1.06 million abortions were performed in 2011, down from 1.21 million abortions in 2008, a decline of 13%.
• 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
Of all abortions at 8 weeks or under, 71.2% are surgical procedures while 28.5% are medication abortions.
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.