Abortion in the United States: incidence and trends
According to data presented in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Women’s Health Policy Fact Sheet, published in June 2008:
- In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed in the U.S., down from 1.61 million (the all-time high) in 1990.
- 49% of pregnancies were unintended in the U.S., and of these, 42% resulted in abortions in 2001 (the most recent data available).
- The abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44) was 19.4 in 2005, a 9% drop since 2000.
- 89% of abortions were performed in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy in 2004, with about 63% in the first eight weeks and 1% of abortions at 21 weeks or later.
- About 19% of women having abortions in the U.S. are teens; 33% are between the ages of 20 and 24; and 48% are ages 25 and older.7 Two-thirds (67%) of women have never been married and about 61% of women have given birth before.
- Abortion rates for black women (49 per 1,000 women), Hispanic women (33 per 1,000) and Asian women (31 per 1,000) are higher than those of white women (13 per 1,000).
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation. Women’s Health Policy Facts, June 2008. http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/upload/3269-02.pdf
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