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Incidence of Pregnancy and Abortion. Pregnancies in the United States (Approximately 6.3 Million Annually). Intended. Unintended. Source: Henshaw, 1998a (1994 data). Unintended Pregnancies (Approximately 3.0 Million). Source: Henshaw, 1998a (1994 data).

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pregnancies in the united states approximately 6 3 million annually
Pregnancies in the United States(Approximately 6.3 Million Annually)



Source: Henshaw, 1998a

(1994 data)


Unintended Pregnancies(Approximately 3.0 Million)

Source: Henshaw, 1998a

(1994 data)

incidence of abortion
Incidence of Abortion

 Each year about 1.3 million pregnancies are terminated by abortion in the United States.

 2.2% of all women aged 15-44 had an abortion in 1997.

 Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures.

 By age 20, 1 in 7 women have had at least one abortion, and by age 45, 4 in 10 have done so.

Source: AGI; Henshaw, 1998a


Abortion Rates in Western Industrialized Countries

Source: Henshaw, 1999a

(1996 data)

u s share of abortions worldwide
U.S. Share of Abortions Worldwide

Source: Henshaw et al., 1999b

(1995 data)

abortion rate u s and world
Abortion Rate, U.S. and World

Source: Henshaw et al., 1999b

(1995 data)

abortions in developed and developing countries
Abortions in Developed and Developing Countries

Source: Henshaw et al., 1999b

(1995 data)

many abortions occur in countries where abortion is illegal under most circumstances
Many Abortions Occur in Countries Where Abortion is Illegal Under Most Circumstances

Source: Henshaw et al., 1999b

(1995 data)

most important reason given for terminating an unwanted pregnancy
Most Important Reason Given for Terminating an Unwanted Pregnancy

Inadequate finances 21%

Not ready for responsibility 21%

Woman’s life would be changed too much 16%

Problems with relationship; unmarried 12%

Too young; not mature enough 11%

Children are grown; has all she wants 8%

Fetus has possible health problem 3%

Woman has health problem 3%

Pregnancy caused by rape, incest 1%

Other 4%

Average number of reasons given 3.7

Source: Torres and Forrest, 1988

abortions by gestational age weeks since last menstrual period
Abortions by Gestational Age(Weeks Since Last Menstrual Period)

Source: Koonin et al., 2000

(1997 data)

reasons for abortions after 16 weeks from last menstrual period
Reasons for Abortions After 16 Weeks from Last Menstrual Period

Woman did not realize she was pregnant 71%

Difficulty making arrangements for procedure 48%

Afraid to tell parents or partner 33%

Needed time to make decision 24%

Hoped relationship would change 8%

Pressure not to have abortion 8%

Something changed during pregnancy 6%

Didn’t know timing was important 6%

Didn’t know she could get an abortion 5%

Fetal abnormality diagnosed late 2%

Other 11%

Average number of reasons given 2.2

Source: Torres and Forrest, 1988

who has abortions age
Who Has Abortions: Age

Source: Ventura et al., 2001

(1997 data)

who has abortions marital status
Who Has Abortions: Marital Status

Source: Henshaw and Kost, 1996

(1995 data)

who has abortions family income
Who Has Abortions: Family Income

Source: Henshaw and Kost, 1996

(1995 data)

who has abortions religious identification
Who Has Abortions:Religious Identification

Source: Henshaw and Kost, 1996

(1995 data)

who has abortions number of prior abortions
Who Has Abortions: Number of Prior Abortions

Source: AGI, unpublished data

(1997 data)

deaths per 100 000 abortions or births
Deaths per 100,000 Abortions or Births

Source: Gold, 1990

(Data for 1981-1985)

percentage distribution of abortion deaths
Percentage Distribution of Abortion Deaths

Source: Lawson et al., 1994

(Data for 1983-1987)

abortion risks in perspective
Abortion Risks in Perspective

Chance of death

Risk from terminating pregnancy: per year:

Before 9 weeks 1 in 500,000

Between 9 and 10 weeks 1 in 300,000

Between 13 and 15 weeks 1 in 60,000

After 20 weeks 1 in 8,000

Persons who participate in:

Motorcycling 1 in 1,000

Automobile driving 1 in 5,900

Power boating 1 in 5,900

Playing football 1 in 25,000

Risks to women aged 15-44 from:

Having sexual intercourse (PID) 1 in 50,000

Using tampons 1 in 350,000

Source: Hatcher, 1998; Gold, 1990

percentage of maternal mortality worldwide due to unsafe abortion
Percentage of Maternal Mortality Worldwide Due to Unsafe Abortion

Source: WHO, 1998

(Estimates for 1995-2000)