Monday, November 2, 2009

Abortion Statistics


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. (


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.


Jennifer said...

Abortion is wrong..Thank you Kristina for taking a stand against it:) Keep on for the glory of the lord!!

Kelly said...

The only statistic i disagree with is " 47% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one previous abortion."

It just isn't logical.

For example is 100 women have an abortion this means 47 are 2nd or more timers, and 53 are fist times. This means for this statistic to be true that of those 53 another 24.91 will end up getting a 2nd abortion which will make that 47 creep up and up.

I would be curious to see that link and find out exactly what went behind that statistic and what that statistic shows historically.

Also, I would be interested to read what you have to say about each of those statistics and how we can help reduce the number of abortions.

Also my final question/statement. Which is the most important to you? Changing the law or reducing/ending abortion?

(not going to sign my name, but will leave an initial)


Karen said...

I don't like to choose sides but I would like to know what you think of this situation:

She is making the right decision but at what cost. What would you have done to help her so that she would not have made the choice that she made to keep her baby?

What options would your church give her?

Anna Joy said...

Great blog, Kristina! Just one thing...the red type on the brown background is almost impossible to read. :)