Monday, November 2, 2009

Abortion Statistics

WORLDWIDE

Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
Number of abortions per day:
Approximately 115,000

Where abortions occur:
83% of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 17% occur in developed countries.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute. (www.agi-usa.org)

UNITED STATES

Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
Number of abortions per day:
Approximately 3,700

Who's having abortions (age)?
52% of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions; Teenagers obtain 20% and girls under 15 account for 1.2%.

Who's having abortions (race)?
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.

Who's having abortions (marital status)?
64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women; Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4%.

Who's having abortions (religion)?
Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as "Born-again/Evangelical".

Who's having abortions (income)?
Women with family incomes less than $15,000 obtain 28.7% of all abortions; Women with family incomes between $15,000 and $29,999 obtain 19.5%; Women with family incomes between $30,000 and $59,999 obtain 38.0%; Women with family incomes over $60,000 obtain 13.8%.

Why women have abortions
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).

At what gestational ages are abortions performed:
52% of all abortions occur before the 9th week of pregnancy, 25% happen between the 9th & 10th week, 12% happen between the 11th and 12th week, 6% happen between the 13th & 15th week, 4% happen between the 16th & 20th week, and 1% of all abortions (16,450/yr.) happen after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Likelihood of abortion:
An estimated 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old. 47% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one previous abortion.

Anonymous,

To all Anonymous commenters, could you please post a name at the bottom of your comments so that I will be able to respond to your questions a little bit easier. It gets kinda hard to respond to Anonymous when there are 5 of them at a time. LOL This way you will be able to distinguish which one I am responding to.

Thank You!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

What Do I Plan To Do About It?

I have gotten many comments asking what am "I" doing to help the situation of abortion and those involved. At the present moment my husband and I only have one vehicle and he takes it to work with him, so I can't volunteer at our local Women's Crisis Center, we don't have the funds to donate to the National Right To Life, and Josh and I can't adopt because of finances. So, I am doing what I can by talking to those that have come to me (Yes, I have personally dealt with ladies considering an abortion) and praying for those that have the means to donate their time and money. I would really do more about this if I could.

While I have never been put in the position of having to make a life or death choice for a child, or the people and the circumstances they may be in, I have seen what an unwanted pregnancy is and what it will do to that person...I've seen it first hand. I've seen when it was a wanted pregnancy, but the Lord saw fit to take it home to be with him before the baby even came out of the womb. When a woman miscarries, did she miscarry a BABY or just some blob of tissue? I must admit that it's not easy, and they have A LOT to deal with...but that baby inside of them is still a human life that was created by God and whether or not the parents of that baby wanted that pregnancy, God has a purpose for each person created, and He has a reason for that pregnancy.

I know that rape is a vile thing and that it is very hard and very, very stressful and an emotional tragedy to deal with. I have a very close friend of mine that was raped and I saw what it did to her, I have seen the affects of it. But God is there for all who are willing to turn to Him for comfort and support. (1 Peter 5:7 Casting all our cares upon him for he careth for you)

Just because I speak out on abortion and how I believe it's wrong and that it's the murder of an innocent baby doesn't mean that I have no compassion for the ladies in those situations. And I am in NO way judging the person, but rather what they are doing. I have never been called out as one who judges others. I want to offer help to these ladies, and show them that there are other options out there, and that while He doesn't condone it and He hates what they are doing, Jesus loves them no matter what!