There is a lot of rhetoric about how many women obtain abortions but let’s take a moment to take a look at the actual statistics.

(1) Since 1973, an estimated 58,500,000 babies have been aborted in our country.

In the US this year, there will be over 1 million abortions. Planned Parenthood will perform approximately a third of those abortions, making it the largest abortion provider in the country. (Life Matters) The U.S. has the highest abortion rate among developed nations. (Guttmacher Institute)

black-baby(2) Abortion disproportionately impacts the African American population.

According to data compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, the abortion rate and abortion ratio were the highest for the African American population.

For every 1,000 African American women, there were 24.6 abortions obtained (referred to as the abortion rate). In comparison, for every 1,000 Caucasian women, there were 7.1 abortions obtained. Thus, the abortion rate was 246% higher for African American women.

For every 1,000 live births by African American women, there were 365 abortions obtained (referred as the abortion ratio). In comparison, for every 1,000 live births by Caucasian women, there were 114 abortions obtained. Thus the abortion ratio was 220% higher for African American women.

(3) Abortions are most frequently obtained by women 29 and younger.

Women in their 20’s account for more than half of all abortions: 33% of all abortions are obtained by women aged 20-24; 24% of all abortions are obtained by women aged 25-29. Teenagers obtain 18% of all abortions in the country. (Guttmacher Institute, Fact Sheet, July 2014)

(4) Approximately 21% of all pregnancies end in abortion.

(Guttmacher Institute, Fact Sheet, July 2014)

(5) According to the Guttmacher Institute, the reasons given for having an abortion were:

  • Responsibility to other individuals (75%)
  • Cannot afford a child (75%)
  • Having a child would interfere with work, school, or ability to care for other children (75%)
  • Do not want to be a single parent or having problems with their partner (50%)