Some Abortion Stats I Gathered

Description of System: Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City). This information is provided voluntarily. For 2008, data were received from 49 reporting areas. For the purpose of trend analysis, data were evaluated from the 45 areas that reported data every year during 1999–2008. Abortion rates (number of abortions per 1,000 women) and ratios (number of abortions per 1,000 live births) were calculated using census and natality data, respectively.

Year # of Abortions # per 1000 live births # of reporting areas
1979 1251921 347.3 51?
1980 1297606 359.4 51
1981 1300760 358 51
1984 1333521 364 52
1985 1328570 354 52
1986 1328112 354 52
1987 1353671 356 52
1988 1371285 352 51
1989 1396658 346 52?
1990 1429577 345 52
1991 1388937 339 52
1992 1359145 335 52
1993 1330414 334 52
1994 1267415 321 52
1995 1210883 311 52
1996 1221585 314 52
1997 1186039 306 52
1998 884273 264 48
1999 861789 256 48
2000 857475 246 49
2001 853485 246 49
2002 854122 246 49
2003 848163 241 49
2004 839226 238 49
2005 820151 233 49
2006 846181 236 49
2007 827609 231 49
2008 825564 234 49
Total 31674137 302.4 average/1000

31,674,137 total abortions from 1979 through 2008 (29 years). That does NOT include from 1973 through 1978 or 2009 through the present.

302.4/1,000 live births = 23% (almost 1/4) of all reported potential live birth babies were killed in the womb.

CDC definition of abortion: “For the purpose of surveillance, a legal induced abortion is defined as an intervention performed by a licensed clinician (e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy.

Many states now report the use of medical and surgical abortion. Medical abortions are legal procedures that use medications instead of surgery. The number of states and localities reporting the use of medical abortion is increasing each year.”

All reporting of abortions is voluntary and not all areas report every year, so the totals are actually HIGHER than shown here. Where there is a dip in the number of abortions per year, there is also a bit of a dip in the number of reporting areas. RU486 trials were run in the US in 1994 and 1995. In 2000, it was approved for widespread use. It is possible that initial RU 486 abortions were/are not reported as readily.

The following text and numbers are taken from the chart in Family Planning Perspectives, July/August 1988 issue, page 170: Rape and incest account for only about 1% of abortions, the woman’s health only about 3% and the baby’s health only 3%.

Several places I read cited that the majority of rape victims (70%) do NOT want an abortion, but they feel pressured into having one. Which means, if you are asking if a woman who has experienced a rape should be forced to give birth, you are asking the wrong question. What you should be asking is what does SHE really WANT and how can you help her in that…even if it means walking with her through the pregnancy. For more on that, see the following links.

Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths http://afterabortion.org/2004/rape-incest-and-abortion-searching-beyond-the-myths-3/

Excerpts from Aborted Women, Silent No More: Twenty Women Share Their Personal Journeys from the Tragedy of Abortion to Restored Wholenessby David C. Reardon http://afterabortion.org/2012/excerpts-from-aborted-women-silent-no-more/

Stand to Reason – Rape and Abortion http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5521

If you want to see a non-religious viewpoint that comes from a “philosophical and scientific” base, check out this Libertarian article. http://www.l4l.org/library/aborrape.html

From a Finnish study on death within one year after pregnancies. This includes death from ALL causes, so it is not definitive as to every death being related to the birth, miscarriage or abortion.

live birth: 27 per 100,000
miscarriage: 48 per 100,000
abortion: 101 per 100,000

From Guttmacher Institute:

WORLDWIDE
Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000

UNITED STATES
Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700

WHY WOMEN HAVE ABORTIONS
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest;
6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and
93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).

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2 Responses to Some Abortion Stats I Gathered

  1. secretangel says:

    Powerful stats. Thanks for sharing. So many broken hearted women. I just pray for healing for all. God bless you!

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