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|
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:
Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000
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).