Abortion Facts and Statistics
- 49% of pregnancies among American women are unintended; 1/2 of these are terminated by abortion.
- Each year, 2 out of every 100 women aged 15-44 have an abortion; 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion and 55% have had a previous birth.
- An estimated 43% of women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
- Each year, an estimated 50 million abortions occur worldwide. Of these, 30 million procedures are obtained legally, 20 million illegally.
- 52% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 20%.
- 2/3 of women having abortions intend to have children in the future.
- While white women obtain 60% of all abortions, their abortion rate is well below that of minority women. Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are roughly 2 times as likely.
- Women who report no religious affiliation are about 4 times as likely as women who report some affiliation to have an abortion.
- 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 2/3 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.
- About 14,000 women have abortions each year because they became pregnant after rape or incest.
- 93% of U.S. abortions are performed in clinics or doctors' offices.
- In 1996, 1.37 million abortions took place, down from an estimated 1.61 million in 1990. From 1973 through 1996, more than 34 million legal abortions occurred.
- Abortion Facts and Statistics - May 16, 2004
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