Abortion Statistics in America

Nearly one in four women in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by age 45
Source: Guttmacher Institute
59% of women obtaining abortions are mothers
Source: Guttmacher Institute
2/3 of abortions occur at 8 weeks of pregnancy or earlier
Source: Guttmacher Institute
89% of abortions occur in the first 12 weeks
Source: Guttmacher Institute
A first-trimester abortion is one of the safest medical procedures and carries minimal risk: Major complications (those requiring hospital care, surgery or transfusion) occur at a rate of less than 0.5%
Source: Guttmacher Institute
Medication abortions accounted for 31% of all nonhospital abortions, and for 45% of abortions before nine weeks’ gestation
Source: Guttmacher Institute
51% of abortion patients were using a contraceptive method in the month they became pregnant, most commonly condoms (24%) or a hormonal method (13%)
Source: Guttmacher Institute
White patients accounted for 39% of abortion procedures, blacks for 28%, Hispanics for 25% and patients of other races and ethnicities for 9%
Source: Guttmacher Institute
75% of abortion patients were poor or low-income. 26% of patients had incomes of 100–199% of the federal poverty level, and 49% had incomes of less than 100% of the federal poverty level ($15,730 for a family of two)
Source: Guttmacher Institute
More than half of all U.S. abortion patients were in their 20s: Patients aged 20–24 obtained 34% of all abortions, and patients aged 25–29 obtained 27%
Source: Guttmacher Institute
12% of abortion patients were adolescents: Those aged 18–19 accounted for 8% of all abortions, 15–17-year-olds for 3% and those younger than 15 for 0.2%
Source: Guttmacher Institute
70% of Women Who Get Abortions Identify as Christians
Source: Christian Post
As of January 1, 2018, all but 10 states had imposed at least one of five major abortion restrictions­: unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics, mandated counseling designed to dissuade a woman from obtaining an abortion, a mandated waiting period before an abortion, a requirement of parental involvement before a minor obtains an abortion or prohibition on the use of state Medicaid funds to pay for medically necessary abortions.
Source: Guttmacher Institute
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