The following are facts and statistics gathered from the most-cited sources regarding abortion. Ultimately, to know the truth is to know more than just the facts and numbers.
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via World Health Organization / The Lancet (last updated May 2016)
- Annually, an estimated 56.3 million babies die from abortion worldwide
- That’s approximately one baby being aborted every 1.8 seconds.
59.1 MILLION abortions since 1973
Characteristics of Women Having Abortions
via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (last updated November 2015)
- 58% of all women having abortions are in their 20’s.
- Black non-Hispanic women have the highest abortion ratio. Black women’s abortion ratio has reached 444 abortions per 1,000 live births, while non-Hispanic white women’s abortion ratio is 124 abortions per 1,000 live births.
- 37% of women having abortions are white, 37% are black, 19% are Hispanic, and 7% other races.
- According to the Guttmacher Institute, “Women who obtain abortions are predominantly poor or low-income, in their 20s and unmarried; black women and Hispanic women continue to be disproportionately represented among abortion patients.”
- More than 7 in 10 U.S. women obtaining an abortion report a religious affiliation.
- 37% are Protestant
- 28% are Catholic
- 7% are other religions
Abortion Norms After 20 weeks gestation
The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that permit elective abortion past 20 weeks. Upholding laws restricting abortion on demand after 20 weeks would situate the United States closer to the international mainstream, instead of leaving it as an outlying country with ultra-permissive abortion policies.