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Abortion Statistics

There are approximately 45 million abortions per year worldwide.

In the US, there have been 40 million since 1973, when abortion was made legal.

There are 126,000 abortions per day worldwide.

In the US each day, there are 4,000 abortions.

Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider.

Every fourth unborn child is aborted.

An unborn baby is killed every 20 seconds in America.

Abortion is the most frequently performed surgery in America.

95% of abortions are done as birth control, 1% are done because of rape/incest, 1% because of fetal abnormalities, and 3% due to the mother's health problems.

Abortions outnumber live births in 14 major metropolitan areas.

45% of the women that walk into an abortion clinic have already had at least 1 previous abortion.

Child abuse has gone up 500% since the legalization of abortion.

95% of women who have had an abortion say that the abortion clinic gave them little or no information about the fetus living inside of them.

Many people believe that women who are victims of rape and become pregnant by this violent act is a good reason for them to have an abortion. In Victims and Victors (Acorn Books, 2000), a book written by David Reardon, Amy Sobie, and Julie Makimma, 192 women were interviewed. These women had had abortions after they became pregnant from rape. Nearly all the women said that they regretted the abortion, and over 90% said they would discourage other rape victims from choosing abortion.

49% of pregnancies in America are unplanned. 50% of these unplanned pregnancies are ended by abortion.

55% of women who have abortions have at least one living child already.

43% of women will all have at least 1 abortion by age 45.

There are 50 million abortions performed each year worldwide. Out of these 50 million, 30 million are performed legally.

52% of females who have abortions are aged 25 or younger. Teens take up 20% and women aged 20-24 take up the remaining 32%.

Of women who have abortions, 66% plan to have wanted children in the future.

Black women are 3 times as likely to get an abortions as white women are; Hispanic women are 2 times as likely.

Women who claim to have no part of any religious affiliation are 4 times more likely to have an abortion than women who are religious in some sort of way.

Catholic women are 29% more likely than Protestant women to have an abortion.

Out of all the women who have abortions, 66% are unmarried.

Out of all women who have abortions, 75% say they had an abortion because the baby would have interfered with their life; 66% say that they couldn't have afforded a baby; and 50% said they didn't want to be a single mother or were having problems with their partner.

14,000 abortions are done because of rape/incest. (This only makes up about 1% of all abortions.)

93% of abortions occur in clinics/doctors' offices.

The majority of abortions performed occur at 7-8 weeks into the pregnancy (38%).

16% of abortions are done at 6 weeks or less (even though almost all clinics will not perform abortions less than 6 weeks, because it would be too hard to make sure all the babies' body parts are out).

23% of abortions occur at 9-10 weeks, 11% at 11-12 weeks, 7% at 13-15 weeks, 4% at 16-20 weeks, and 1% for 21-40 weeks.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & The Allen Guttmacher Institute

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