Abortions in USA Key Facts
Most women who have abortions are under age 25.
- White women have 60 percent of all abortions, but their abortion rate is lower than that of minority women. Black women are three times, and Hispanics twice, as likely as white women to have an abortion.
- The number of abortions in the United States has declined, to 1.2 million in 1997 from 1.6 million in 1990.
- Approximately 14,000 women a year have abortions after rape or incest.
- While the Catholic church strongly opposes abortion, as a violation of the sanctity of life, Catholic women have abortions at the same rate as the general population, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
- Forty-nine percent of all pregnancies are unintended, and half of these end in abortion; of these abortions, 88 percent take place in the first trimester, or the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This means that roughly a quarter of all pregnancies end in abortion. Only 1 percent of all abortions occur after 21 weeks.