Total Abortions in the U.S. since 1973
(according to National Right to Life)
Some more statistics for the U.S. (obtained from here):
Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700
Who's having abortions (age)?
52% of women obtaining abortions in the U.S. are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions; Teenagers obtain 20% and girls under 15 account for 1.2%.
Who's having abortions (race)?
While white women obtain 60% of all abortions, their abortion rate is well below that of minority women. Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are roughly 2 times as likely.
Who's having abortions (marital status)?
64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women; Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4%.
Who's having abortions (religion)?
Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as "Born-again/Evangelical".
Who's having abortions (income)?
Women with family incomes less than $15,000 obtain 28.7% of all abortions; Women with family incomes between $15,000 and $29,999 obtain 19.5%; Women with family incomes between $30,000 and $59,999 obtain 38.0%; Women with family incomes over $60,000 obtain 13.8%.
Why women have abortions
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).
At what gestational ages are abortions performed:
52% of all abortions occur before the 9th week of pregnancy, 25% happen between the 9th & 10th week, 12% happen between the 11th and 12th week, 6% happen between the 13th & 15th week, 4% happen between the 16th & 20th week, and 1% of all abortions (16,450/yr.) happen after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Likelihood of abortion:
An estimated 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old. 47% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one previous abortion.
48% of all abortion facilities provide services after the 12th week of pregnancy. 9 in 10 managed care plans routinely cover abortion or provide limited coverage. About 14% of all abortions in the United States are paid for with public funds, virtually all of which are state funds. 16 states (CA, CT, HI, ED, IL, MA , MD, MD, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OR, VT, WA and WV) pay for abortions for some poor women.
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The greatest advocate for legal abortions in the United States has been the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It is interesting to note that this organization was started in the early 20th century by a radical feminist called Margaret Sanger with the intent to legalize birth control (which was then still against federal law) and abortion, eradicate "inferior" races (which to her primarily meant African Americans), and to promote mass-sterilization and immorality in general. No doubt, birth control has led to the need for legal abortions because it has allowed fornication and adultery to flourish, thus leading to many more unwanted pregnancies that had to be ended in order for nobody to find out.
Please click here to see an interesting publication put out by some members of Planned Parenthood. WARNING: The content is graphic and should not be viewed in front of children or within their hearing.
Please click here for a copy of Sanger's famous pamphlet, Family Limitations, in which she basically explains what a burden children are and how to induce an early abortion (immediately after conception, before "being late") through widely available substances such as quinine and bleach.
Some of her most bizarre quotes are:
A free race cannot be born to slave mothers. A woman cannot choose but give a measure of that bondage to her sons and daughters.
No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
She goes through the vale of death alone, each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it.
The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.
Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.
Women of the working class, especially wage workers, should not have more than two children at most. The average working man can support no more and and the average working woman can take care of no more in decent fashion.
The only good thing I can think of about this evil woman is that she died all alone and abandoned in a nursing home in Tuscan, Arizona in 1966.
What boggles my mind the most is how many Christians believe and practice what this woman was arrested for less than 100 years ago. As she suggested, they have no more than 2 children, and they wait for at least 2 years after getting married before having them. Worse yet, modern day Christians rely on the chemicals contained in hormonal birth control devices (pill, injection, ring, etc.) to induce their early abortions. This may seem more sophisticated than using bleach, but it is just as wicked and despicable. Just as women back then were made infertile through the use of these substances, women today find themselves not being able to conceive when suddenly they wish to do so once it fits their timetable. Today, we have fertility methods to help us along with that, many of which (most notably in-vitro fertilization, i.e. "test tube babies") contribute to the death of many times more children. Isn't it ironic that the number of women having an abortion this year is approximately the same as that of women seeking fertility treatment? We have gone from God saying, "I kill, and I make alive" to putting ourselves in the place of God, where we now say, "I kill, and I make alive".
So if you thought that the number at the very top was appallingly high, multiply it several times to account for all the early, non-surgical abortions brought on by hormonal birth control and in-vitro fertilization. And if you are using either one of those, you are part of the problem, and have no right to stand in judgment of anyone having a surgical abortion.
But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.