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Abortion Statistics

An Overview of Abortion

in the United States

(Source: the Guttmacher Institute, An Overview of Abortion in the United States; accessed January 29, 2014)

Who

  • 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.

What

  • 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.

When

  • 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.

Where

  • In 2008 there were 1,793 abortion clinics in the United States

Why

  • 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.

 

 

C:\Users\Stacey\Desktop\S4U Website\Pics\Brayden in the Womb.jpgAn Overview of Abortion in the United States*

•Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended; four in 10 of these end in abortion.

•About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.

Text Box: It is legal to abort this 18 week old baby in Kentucky•Overall unintended pregnancy rates have stagnated over the past decade, yet unintended pregnancy increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.

•In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million abortions in 2000.

•Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

•A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:

56% of women having abortions are in their 20s;

61% have one or more children;

67% have never married;

57% are economically disadvantaged;

88% live in a metropolitan area; and

78% report a religious affiliation.

*The statistics were taken directly from the Guttmacher Institute, An Overview of Abortion in the United States; http://www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/2005/06/28/abortionoverview.html.Accessed September 28, 2010.

Research Abortions in your State through the Guttmacher Institute State Data Center

Click here (http://www.guttmacher.org/datacenter/profile.jsp) to open the Guttmacher Institute’s US map.Once you are within this site, you can select your state to research specific abortion statistics unique to your state.If you select “View State Profile” you can look up your states specific abortion policies such as:

·If minors need to have parental consent to abort

·If there is a waiting period between counseling and abortion

·If insurance can cover an abortion

If you are Unsure where the Abortion Clinic in your Town is Located

Simply do a yahoo or Google search for local “abortion clinic.”You will notice that many of the crisis pregnancy centers will come up.If they offer a free ultrasound, that is a pregnancy center and not an abortion clinic. These centers are where you will want to direct the women who are

An Overview of Abortion in the United States*

• Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended; four in 10 of these end in abortion.

• About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.

• Overall unintended pregnancy rates have stagnated over the past decade, yet unintended pregnancy increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.

• In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million abortions in 2000.

• Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

• A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:

◦ 56% of women having abortions are in their 20s;

◦ 61% have one or more children;

◦ 67% have never married;

◦ 57% are economically disadvantaged;

◦ 88% live in a metropolitan area; and

◦ 78% report a religious affiliation.

*The statistics were taken directly from the Guttmacher Institute, An Overview of Abortion in the United States; http://www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/2005/06/28/abortionoverview.html.  Accessed September 28, 2010.

Research Abortions in your State through the Guttmacher Institute State Data Center

Click here (http://www.guttmacher.org/datacenter/profile.jsp) to open the Guttmacher Institute’s US map.  Once you are within this site, you can select your state to research specific abortion statistics unique to your state.  If you select “View State Profile” you can look up your states specific abortion policies such as:

  • If minors need to have parental consent to abort
  • If there is a waiting period between counseling and abortion
  • If insurance can cover an abortion

If you are Unsure where the Abortion Clinic in your Town is Located

Simply do a yahoo or Google search for local “abortion clinic.”  You will notice that many of the crisis pregnancy centers will come up.  If they offer a free ultrasound, that is a pregnancy center and not an abortion clinic. These centers are where you will want to direct the women who are coming in for abortions.   You will want to familiarize yourself with their hours and maybe go introduce yourself.  The other sites that are charging money for services are the abortion clinics.  You will want to familiarize yourself with their hours and maybe drive past their office to see if it is accessible.  If there is a sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic (ie not part of a larger medical building) then you can have a sidewalk counseling and prayer ministry.

 

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil
and deprive the innocent of his right!”

Isaiah 5:20, 23

coming in for abortions.You will want to familiarize yourself with their hours and maybe go introduce yourself.The other sites that are charging money for services are the abortion clinics.You will want to familiarize yourself with their hours and maybe drive past their office to see if it is accessible.If there is a sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic (ie not part of a larger medical building) then you can have a sidewalk counseling and prayer ministry.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…and deprive the innocent of his right!”

Isaiah 5:20, 23

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