10 Abortion Facts You Should Know

There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding abortion. It’s a pretty touchy topic in America and there’s plenty of people passionate about it on both the left and the right. Below are 10 facts about it that I thought were either thought provoking or are important for everyone to know. 

1) 91% of abortions occur within the first trimester (1st-13th weeks of pregnancy).

2) The Hyde Amendment is the legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. 

3) In 2017, 32% of pregnancies ended in abortion in New York City.

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4) In 2015 African American women comprised approximately 40% of abortions despite being 13% of the American women population.

5) In 1968 (soon before Roe v Wade was passed) 133 deaths were attributed to abortion– both illegal and legal. While women did die from “coat hanger abortions” (illegal abortions performed under sketchy circumstances) the figures are oftentimes grossly overskewed.

6) 61,830,000 abortions have been performed since the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

7) “Roe” (the woman trying to get an abortion from Roe v. Wade) became a staunch pro-lifer later in life. She would cite her involvement in Roe v. Wade as the “biggest mistake of [my] life.”

8) Some demographics of women getting an abortion: 

33.1% of abortions are performed on women who have already had at least 2. 

33.6% of abortions are performed on women aged 20-24. 

14.3% of women getting an abortion are married as opposed to 46% never married or cohabiting. 

The greatest religious demographic for abortion is “none” at 38%.

0.3% of abortions performed are on women identifying as gay/lesbian/homosexual.

The two most cited responses women give for why they got an abortion were “Having a baby would drastically change my life” and “I cannot afford a baby right now”. The largest subreason was a supposed lack of ability to support the baby due to being unmarried.

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9) In 1967 Ronald Reagan as governor of California signed the Therapeutic Abortion Act which was supposed to reduce the number of “coat-hanger” abortions. As a result it would lead to approximately 2,000,000 abortions. He would later become strictly pro-life.

10) One of Margaret Sanger’s main reasons for founding Planned Parenthood was her desire to implement eugenics. She has also been accused of racism against black people, such as speaking before a KKK rally and writing “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.” 

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