Facts About Abortions

World Wide Abortion Facts

All World Wide Abortion Facts are compiled from Abort73.com.

  • Of the 23 million pregnancies that occur in developed countries, more than 40% are unintended, and 28% end in induced abortion.
  • Most abortions occur in developing countries—35 million annually, compared with seven million in developed countries— a disparity that largely reflects the relative population distribution.
  • For every 1,000 women of childbearing age (15–44) worldwide, 29 were estimated to have had an induced abortion in 2003, compared with 35 in 1995.
  • Because the world’s population is concentrated in Asia, most abortions occur there (26 million yearly); nine million of these take place in China.
  • The estimated number of induced abortions in Africa has increased since 1995; however, the region’s abortion rate has declined because of an increase in the number of reproductive-age women.
  • Between 1998 and 2007, the grounds on which abortion may be legally performed were broadened in 16 countries: Benin, Bhutan, Chad, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guinea, Iran, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Portugal, Saint Lucia, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand and Togo. Two territories and one state in Australia and six states in Mexico also liberalized their laws. In contrast, El Salvador and Nicaragua changed their already restrictive laws to prohibit abortion entirely.

United States Abortion Facts

All United States Abortion Facts listed here were compiled from Second Look Project.

  • The U.S. abortion rate is among the highest of developed countries.
  • There are 1.31 million induced abortions annually in the U.S.
  • Abortion is legal through all 9 months of pregnancy.
  • In a 2004 Zogby International poll, 61% of Americans said abortion should not be permitted after the fetal heartbeat has begun. This occurs in the first month!
  • 24.5% of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion or 3,500 every day.
  • A fetal heart begins to beat at about 21 or 22 days after fertilization. 77% of abortions in the United States are done well after this point.
  • Today, 48% of women having an abortion in the United States have had at least one previous abortion.
  • 71% of abortions in the United States are performed in free-standing abortion-dedicated clinics. Only 5% are performed in hospitals, 2% in physicians’ offices and 22% in other kinds of clinics.
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