An Overview of Abortion
in the United States
(Source: the Guttmacher Institute, An Overview of Abortion in the United States; accessed January 29, 2014)
- More than half of abortion are obtained by women in their 20s.
- Twenty-seven percent of women having abortions identify as Protestant.
- About sixty-one percent of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.
- More than half of pregnancies among American women are unintended.
- Four of ten unintended pregnancies end in abortion
- Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.
- About sixty-one percent of women have abortions in the first nine weeks of pregnancy.
- Seventeen percent of women have abortions between nine and ten weeks.
- The baby’s heart is beating at 6 weeks.
- In 2008 there were 1,793 abortion clinics in the United States
- Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals as the motivation for abortion.
- Three-fourths of women say they cannot afford a child.
- Three-fourths of women say that a baby would interfere with work, school, or the ability to care for dependents.
- Half of women say they do not want to be a single parent or are having marital/relational problems.