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84% of post-abortive women say they felt abortion was their only option
Primary, nationwide abortion statistics for the United States are available from two sources—privately from the Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and publicly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In recent years, California, Maryland, and New Hampshire have not publicly released their abortion totals—rendering the CDC numbers incomplete. The following information has been gleaned from both sources to provide an overview of the frequency and demography of abortion. Additional, secondary statistics have been taken from the National Abortion Federation’s (NAF) 2009 teaching text on abortion, Management of Unintended
and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care.
Only 9 countries in the world have a higher reported abortion rate than the United States.
*Though the UN lists China’s official abortion rate at 19.2, China’s actual abortion rate is likely much higher. According to China’s 2010 census, there were approximately 310 million women of reproductive age in the country. An estimated 13-23 million abortions happen annually in China, resulting in an adjusted abortion rate of 41.9-74.2. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44.
american lives lost to abortion since 1973
- Victim of rape 0% 0%
- Fetal health problems 3% 3%
- Physical health problems 4% 4%
- Would interfere with education or career 4% 4%
- Not mature enough to raise a child 7% 7%
- Done having children 19% 19%
- Can’t afford a baby 23% 23%
- Not ready for a child 25% 25%
- Other 6% 6%
- The pregnancy resulted from an incestuous relationship .001% .001%
- The woman’s life was endangered by the pregnancy .065% .065%
- The woman was raped .085% .085%
- The woman’s physical health was threatened by the pregnancy .288% .288%
- The woman’s psychological health was threatened by the pregnancy .294% .294%
- There was a serious fetal abnormality .666% .666%
- The woman aborted for social or economic reasons 6.268% 6.268%
- No reason (elective) 92.330% 92.330%
64% of women who chose abortion say they felt pressured by
others to abort.
WHen DO ABORTIONS OCCUR?
- 89-92% of all abortions happen during the first trimester, prior to the 13th week of gestation (AGI/CDC).
- In 2014, 7.2% of all abortions occurred between 14-20 weeks’ gestation; 1.3% occurred ≥21 weeks’ gestation (CDC).
- Percentage of 2014 Reported Abortions by Weeks of
- Less Than 6 Weeks 37.2% 37.2%
- 7 Weeks 16.9% 16.9%
- 8 Weeks 12.8% 12.8%
- 9 Weeks 8.3% 8.3%
- 10 Weeks 8.3% 8.3%
- 11 Weeks 4.5% 4.5%
- 12 Weeks 3.5% 3.5%
- 13 Weeks 2.7% 2.7%
- 14-15 Weeks 3.3% 3.3%
- 16-17 Weeks 2.0% 2.0%
- 16-17 Weeks 2.0% 2.0%
- 18-20 Weeks 1.9% 1.9%
- More Than 21 Weeks 1.3% 1.3%
*Gestational weeks are measured from the first day of the woman’s last menstruation and not from the day of conception. Though it does not provide an accurate fetal age (which is roughly 2 weeks less than the gestational age), it is the simplest way for an OB/GYN to age a pregnancy since the day of conception is often not known. Hence, if an abortion occurs at 8 weeks gestation, it is actually aborting a
how do abortions take place?
who gets abortions?
- Adolescents under 15 years obtained .03% of all 2014 abortions; women aged 15–19 years accounted for 10.4% (CDC).
- Women living with a partner to whom they are not married account for 25% of abortions but only about 10% of women in the population (NAF).
- In 2014, women who had not aborted in the past accounted for 55.1% of all abortions; women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 36.3%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 8.6% (CDC).
- Among women who obtained abortions in 2014, 40.4% had no prior live births; 45.7% had one or two prior live births, and 13.8% had three or more prior live births (CDC).
- Black women were more than 3.5 times more likely to have an abortion in 2014 than white women (CDC).
- The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties (NAF).
- In 2014, unmarried women accounted for 85.5% of all abortions (CDC).
- The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women (NAF).
- In 2014, 30% of aborting women identified themselves as Protestant and 24% identified themselves as Catholic (AGI).
- 15 Years Old 0.3% 0.3%
- 15-19 Years Old 10.4% 10.4%
- 20-24 Years Old 32.2% 32.2%
- 25-29 Years Old 26.7% 26.7%
- 30-34 Years Old 17.1% 17.1%
- 35-39 Years Old 9.7% 9.7%
- 40 Years Old 3.6% 3.6%
Women in their 20’s accounted for the majority of abortions in
2014 and had the
ABORTION AND MINORS
39 states currently enforce parental consent or notification laws for minors seeking an abortion: AL, AK, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV, and WY. The Supreme Court ruled that minors must have the alternative of seeking a court order authorizing the procedure (AGI).
40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about
who is doing the abortions?
- The number of abortion providers declined by 3% between 2011 and 2014—from 1,720 to 1,671 (AGI).
- In 2011, 42% of providers offered very early abortions (during the first four weeks’ gestation) and 95%
abortion at eight weeks. Sixty-four percent of providers offer at least some second-trimester abortion services (13 weeks or later), and 20% offer abortion after 20 weeks. Eleven percent of all abortion providers offered abortions past 24 weeks (AGI). offered
abortions in California were paid for with public funds.
abortions in new york were paid for with public funds.
the cost of abortion
- In 2011-2012, the average cost of a nonhospital abortion with local anesthesia at 10 weeks of gestation was $480. The average cost of a medication abortion up to nine weeks of gestation was $504 (AGI).
- The U.S. Congress has barred the use of federal Medicaid funds to pay for abortions, except when the woman’s life would be endangered by a full-term pregnancy or in cases of rape or incest (AGI).
- 17 states (AK, AZ, CA, CT, HI, IL, MA, MD, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OR, VT, WA
andWV) use public funds to pay for abortions for some poor women. About 14% of all abortions in the United States are paid for with public funds—virtually all from the state (AGI).
Only 5% of U.S. abortions occur in hospitals; 2% occur in physician’s offices.
The rest occur in freestanding abortion clinics—
without any established doctor-patient
- In 2013, four women died as a result of complications from induced abortion. Between 1973-2012, 431 women died due to abortion complications (CDC).
- The number of deaths attributable to legal induced abortion was highest before the 1980s (CDC).
- In 1972 (the year before abortion was federally legalized), a total of 24 women died from causes known to be associated with legal abortions, and 39 died as a result of known illegal abortions (CDC).
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