The State Of Abortion In The United States

by SavvyRoo on Mar 22, 2016 | Views: 76 | Score: 0

Undoubtedly, abortion remains an incredibly contentious and controversial topic within the United States. With fervent ideologues on both sides of the issue, the topic of abortion has remained an important issue within American society. A result of all the rhetoric and impassioned arguments, though, it can be difficult to fully grasp the extent to which abortion is practiced in the US.

Abortion On The Decline

Number of abortions within the United States

Over the last two decades, abortion has fallen steadily within the US. Less than one million fetuses were aborted in 2014 compared to about 1.36 million in 1996. This change represents a substantial difference: a nearly 30% decline from the number of abortions performed. While some in the pro-life community may view this as a victory, the surprising fact is that according to AGI, one in five of all US pregnancies end in an abortion.

Why Do Women Get Abortions?

Having a child would interfere with work, school or other responsibilitiesThey cannot afford a childThey do not want to be a single parentThere was a health related issueThey were the survivors of rape
% of women that had an abortion cited the following reason...757550121
Reason for abortion

The decision to terminate a pregnancy is an extremely complicated, emotional choice. Oftentimes, many different factors are involved in a woman's decision to have an abortion, but the most frequently cited reasons involve economic motives. Three in four women cite interference with work and limited economic means as reasons for terminating a pregnancy, while about one percent report being a victim of rape. It is important to note, however, that these reasons are self-reported, so there may significant bias in the statistic concerning the touchy subject of sexual assault.

When Do Abortions Take Place?

% of abortions that take place after this number of weeks of gestation
≤6 weeks34.9
7 weeks17.7
8 weeks13.2
9 weeks8.7
10 weeks5.8
11 weeks4.8
12 weeks3.6
13 weeks2.7
14-15 weeks3.5
16-17 weeks1.8
18-20 weeks1.9
≥21 weeks1.3

The question of timing is incredibly important when it comes to the issue of abortion. Pro-life advocates and even some pro-choice individuals believe that restrictions should be placed on the how long a woman can wait before aborting the fetus. According to the CDC, the majority of abortions occur within 7 weeks of pregnancy, and about 2 percent of all abortions take place after 21 weeks, what many would regard as a "late term" abortion.

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eric on Mar 28, 2016 12:22 PM said:

Interesting article but really doesn't state some kind of conclusion in the cause of the decline? (Is it Better Birth control, adoption, Plan B, risks involved, etc?)

Noah on Mar 29, 2016 3:15 AM said:

Good question eric. I think there is a lot of evidence of birth control reducing teen pregnancy rates, which links to abortion:……

And majority of parents agree that this is the approach they want for their kids:…