Below is a breakdown of various statistics relating to abortions performed in the United States since the U. S. Supreme Court ruled (7-2) that a woman was entitled to terminate an unwanted pregnancy in the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade.

 

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American's views concerning Abortion

            

  • 79% do not support the current abortion-on-demand policy, saying abortion should be legal only in some circumstances (68%), or illegal in all circumstances (11%).
    Marist Poll, December 2011
                 
  • 78% believe that women who have abortions commonly experience moderately severe to very severe negative emotional reactions to abortion. Medical Science Monitor, 2003
                
  • 95% of women want to be informed of all risks of a medical procedure; 69% want to be informed of all alternatives. Journal of Medical Ethics, July 2006
                  
  • 64% of women who experienced one or more abortions “felt pressured by others” to have the abortion.  Medical Science Monitor, Oct. 2004
     
       

Why do women have abortions?

  • 74% say having a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities.

          

  • 73% say they cannot afford to have a child.

             

  • 48% say they do not want to be a single parent, or have relationship problems with husband or partner.

                 

  • Less than 2% say they became pregnant as a result of rape or incest. Source: The Alan Guttmacher Institute, Perspective on Sexual & Reproductive Health, Sept. 2005

    

              

ANNUAL ABORTION STATISTICS

 

  • In 2008, approximately 1.21 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from an estimated 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. (AGI).
  • The 2007 abortion ratios by state ranged from a low of 58 abortions per 1,000 live births in Idaho and South Dakota (Wyoming had too few abortions for reliable tabulation) to a high of 737 abortions per 1,000 live births in NYC (CDC).
  • The annual number of legal induced abortions in the United States doubled between 1973 and 1979, and peaked in 1990. There was a slow but steady decline through the 1990's. The number of annual abortions decreased by 2% between 2000 and 2007, with a slight spike in 2006. (CDC)
  • In 1998, the last year for which estimates were made, more than 23% of legal induced abortions were performed in California (CDC).
  • In 2005, the abortion rate in the United States was higher than recent rates reported for Canada and Western European countries and lower than rates reported for China, Cuba, the majority of Eastern European countries, and certain Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (CDC).
  • Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended; about 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion. (AGI).

            

         

WHO HAS ABORTIONS?

 

  • In 2007, 84% of all abortions were performed on unmarried women (CDC).
  • Women between the ages of 20-24 obtained 33% of all abortions; women between 25-29 obtained 24% (CDC).

          

  • 50% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25; women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all U.S. abortions and teenagers obtain 17% (AGI).

           

  • In 2007, adolescents under 15 years obtained .05% of all abortions, but had the highest abortion ratio, 768 abortions for every 1,000 live births (CDC).

            

  • 47% of women who have abortions had at least one previous abortion (AGI).

          

  • Black women are more than 4.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.7 times as likely (AGI).

          

  • 37% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 28% identify themselves as Catholic (AGI).

              

  • At current rates, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion (AGI).
              

                 

WHY ARE ABORTIONS PERFORMED?

 

  • On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner (AGI).

 

WHEN DO ABORTIONS OCCUR?

 

  • 88-92% of all abortions happen during the first trimester, prior to the 13th week of gestation (AGI/CDC).

 

HOW ARE ABORTIONS PERFORMED?

 

         

 

WHO IS PERFORMING ABORTIONS?

 

  • The number of abortion providers declined by 11% between 1996 and 2000 (from 2,042 to 1,819). It declined another 2% between 2000 and 2005 (from 1,819 to 1,787) It has remained stable between 2005 and 2008 (1,787 to 1,793). (AGI).
             

              

ABORTION FATALITY

 

  • In 2007, 6 women died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortion (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).

 

THE COST OF ABORTION

 

        

                     

MEDICAL ABORTION

 

  • In 2005, 57% of abortion providers, or 1,026 facilities, provided one or more types of medical abortions, a 70% increase from the first half of 2001. At least 10% of nonhospital abortion providers offer only medication abortion services (AGI).
  • In 2005, an estimated 161,100 early medication abortions were performed in nonhospital facilities (AGI).

           

     

          

ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTION

 

  • Induced abortions usually result from unintended pregnancies, which often occur despite the use of contraception (CDC).

        

  • 8% of women having abortions have never used a method of birth control (AGI).

           

 

ABORTION AND MINORS

 

  • 40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI).
  • 35 states currently enforce parental consent or notification laws for minors seeking an abortion: AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI , MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, 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).
            

              

ABORTION AND PUBLIC FUNDS

 

  • 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 and WV) do 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).

 

Source: Abort73.com

 

 

Abortions by State (2005-2009) 

Alabama-Mississippi

            

State

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

                 

Alabama

9,707

9,542

9,403

9,737

9,392

Alaska

1,956

1,923

1,701

1,759

1,938

Arizona

10,446

10,506

10,486

10,396

10,045

Arkansas

4,122

5,037

4,866

4,869

n/a

California

208,430

215,500

223,180

n/a

n/a

Colorado

10,541

11,002

10,483

10,680

n/a

Connecticut

16,780

14,351

17,390

17,030

n/a

Delaware

11,603

11,898

12,097

12,016

n/a

DC

2,518

2,692

4,160

4,450

n/a

Florida

92,513

95,575

91,954

86,757

82,038

Georgia

28,015

27,642

29,415

30,066

30,330

Hawaii

3,831

3,990

3,756

3,273

3,342

Idaho

1,827

1,919

2,160

2,132

2,348

Illinois

43,409

46,467

45,298

47,717

41,307

Indiana

10,224

10,092

10,382

10,469

n/a

Iowa

5,881

6,728

6,649

6,486

5,829

Kansas

10,543

11,271

10,841

10,642

9,484

Kentucky

3,870

3,912

4,550

4,430

n/a

Louisiana

8,860

6,204

6,833

6,817

8,167

Maine

2,514

2,586

2,611

2,589

n/a

Maryland

37,590

n/a

34,380

34,290

n/a

Massachusetts 

27,270

24,246

25,790

24,900

n/a

Michigan

25,209

25,636

24,683

25,970

22,357

Minnesota

13,365

14,065

13,843

11,896

12,388

Mississippi

2,956

2,874

2,870

2,697

2,374

 

  

Abortions by State (2005-2009) 

Missouri-Wyoming

          

State

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

                                        

Missouri

11,619

11,833

11,470

11,508

10,518

Montana

2,155

2,119

2,238

2,125

2,223

Nebraska

3,173

2,927

2,481

2,813

2,551

Nevada

10,565

11,471

10,646

9,983

n/a

NewHampshire

n/a

3,200

3,200

n/a

n/a

New Jersey

31,230

30,986

26,668

28,480

n/a

New Mexico

5,934

6,087

6,036

6,150

n/a

New York

117,944

121,278

120,554

118,381

115,008

North Carolina

27,674

29,430

28,545

27,234

26,123

North Dakota

919

777

795

918

831

Ohio

34,128

32,936

30,859

29,613

28,721

Oklahoma

6,322

6,595

6,319

6,124

6,029

Oregon

11,602

12,246

11,883

10,610

10,801

Pennsylvania

34,909

36,731

36,663

38,807

37,284

Rhode Island

3,918

3,690

4,820

4,134

n/a

South Carolina

11,919

13,114

12,838

10,917

11,656

South Dakota

805

748

707

848

769

Tennessee

13,154

14,615

14,789

14,241

13,638

Texas

77,374

82,056

81,079

81,591

77,850

Utah

3,556

3,753

3,932

3,911

3,665

Vermont

1,620

1,611

1,583

1,494

n/a

Virginia

25,822

27,024

27,292

27,410

26,356

Washington 

24,161

24,790

24,735

24,279

22,642

West Virginia

1,674

2,037

1,853

1,744

n/a

Wisconsin 

9,566

9,352

8,099

8,008

8,299

Wyoming

904

275

839

275

129

 

Source: AGI, CDC

 

       

Abortions per 1,000 women

(Ages 15 to 44)

 

1973 –16.3

 

1977 - 26.4

 

1981 - 29.3

 

1985 - 28.0

 

1989 - 26.8

 

1993 - 25.0

 

1997 - 21.9

 

2001 - 21.1

 

2005 - 19.4

 

2008 - 19.6

 

 

 

 

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Related Links

Guttmacher Institute

Abort73.com

Johnston Archieve

National Right to Life

Pregnant Pause