List Notes: Abortion rate is per 1,000 women aged 15-44. Note: Numbers of abortions are rounded to the nearest 10. Data is for the year 2011 and is the latest available as of July 2014. Percent change is from the years 2008 to 2011.
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According to the Guttmacher Institute abortion is a common experience: At current rates, about one in three American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age 45. Moreover, a broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions. 57% of women having abortions are in their 20s; 60% have one or more children; 86% are unmarried; 57% are economically disadvantaged; 88% live in a metropolitan area; and 78% report a religious affiliation. (a.)
41% of women obtaining abortions are white non-Hispanic, 32% are black non-Hispanic, 20% are Hispanic and 7% are of other racial backgrounds. (a.)
According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures for women in the United States. Fewer than 0.5% of women obtaining abortions experience a complication, and the risk of death associated with abortion is about one-tenth that associated with childbirth. (a.)
In 2005, 6.3 million of the 62 million American women of reproductive age (15-44) became pregnant. 66% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 19% in abortions; the remaining 15% ended in miscarriage. Slightly more than one in five pregnancies end in
abortion, indicating that unwanted pregnancy is still
a common occurrence in the United States. (a.)
In New York, 467,200 of the 4,084,946 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2005. 53% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 33% in induced abortions. (a.)
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Guttmacher Institute. (2011). "State Facts About Abortion" fact sheet. Retrieved Jan, 2011 from: http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/sfaa.html
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