According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, 43% of US women under the age of 45 will have at least one abortion. Abortion often leads to a form of post-traumatic stress and many who have experienced abortion lost a child to abortion benefit from abortion after-care programs conducted worldwide. Abortion is the most common surgical procedure for women in the United States.
The majority (57%) of women having abortions are in their 20s, fewer than 1% are younger than 15, while 16% are aged 15–19
African American women of child-bearing age make up about 12% of the U.S. population but have about 38% of all abortions. In the last 43 years, over 18 million African American babies have died by abortion.
13% of abortion parents say they are “born-again or evangelical Christians” 43% are Protestant and 27% are Catholic
89% of all abortions are performed during the first 12 weeks of pregna-ncy, 10% occur during the 13th week thru 20th. Approximately 13,310 abortions occur after the 21st week each year.
1% of abortions are for Rape/Incest victims. 3% of abortions are because genetic testing has revealed that the unborn baby has a fetal anomaly. 3% of abortions are performed due to the health of the mother – the reason most often cited for needing legalized abortion. 93% of the abortions performed annually are considered ‘elective’.
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