Abortion in America – Statistics

Number of reported legal abortions for selected years between 2000 and 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Abortion Surveillance Reports are as follows:                                                                                                                   

2011 – 730,322
2010 – 765,651
2009 – 784,507
2008 – 825,564
2007 – 827,609
2006 – 846,181
2005 – 820,151
2004 – 839,226
2003 – 848,163
2002 – 854,122
2001 – 853,485
2000 – 857,475

According to the CDC report for 2011:
▪ Women in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortions and had the highest abortion rates
▪ 14.5% of women who had abortions in the U.S. were married; 85.5% were unmarried.
▪ 39.9% of women who had abortions in the U.S. had no other children via live birth
▪ 46.4% of women who had abortions in the U.S. had at least one previous abortion.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of the nation’s leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood:
▪ Half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and about 4 in 10 of these end in abortion.
▪ About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.

According to an Operation Rescue statistics article entitled “Abortions in America” (2015):
▪ Less than 1% of all abortions take place because of rape and/or incest

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