ABORTION WHY & WHO

Who has abortions?

The following information comes from the 2015 CDC report on abortion. In 2015, unmarried women accounted for 86% of all abortions. Among married women, 4% of pregnancies currently end in abortion. Among unmarried women, 27% of pregnancies end in abortion. Women in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortions in 2015 and had the highest abortion rates. Adolescents under 15 years obtained .03% of all 2015 abortions; women aged 15–19 years accounted for less than 10%. Percentage of 2015 Reported Abortions by Age of Mother:

  • under 15 years - 0.3%
  • 15-19 years - 9.8%
  • 20–24 years - 31.1%
  • 25–29 years - 27.6%
  • 30–34 years - 17.7%
  • 35–39 years - 10.0%
  • ≥40 years - 3.5%

In 2015, women who had not aborted in the past accounted for 56% of all abortions; women with one or two prior abortions accounted for 35%, and women with three or more prior abortions accounted for 8%. Among women who obtained abortions in 2015, 41% had no prior live births; 45% had one or two prior live births, and 14% had three or more prior live births. Among white women, 10% of pregnancies currently end in abortion. Among black women, 28% of pregnancies end in abortion. Black women were more than 3.5 times more likely to have an abortion in 2015 than white women.

Why abortions occur

In 2004, the Guttmacher Institute anonymously surveyed 1,209 post-abortive women from nine different abortion clinics across the country. Of the women surveyed, 957 provided a main reason for having an abortion. Below are the results of the survey.

  • Under 0.5% - Victim of rape
  • 3% - Fetal health problems
  • 4% - Physical health problems
  • 4% - Would interfere with education or career
  • 7% - Not mature enough to raise a child
  • 8% - Don't want to be a single mother
  • 19% - Done having children
  • 23% - Can't afford a baby
  • 25% - Not ready for a child
  • 6% - Other

The state of Florida records a reason for every abortion that occurs within its borders each year. In 2018, there were 70,083 abortions in Florida. Below are the reasons given and the percentage of times it was given.

  • .01% - The pregnancy resulted from an incestuous relationship
  • .14% - The woman was raped
  • .27% - The woman's life was endangered by the pregnancy
  • 1.0% - There was a serious fetal abnormality
  • 1.48% - The woman's physical health was threatened by the pregnancy
  • 1.67% - The woman's psychological health was threatened by the pregnancy
  • 20.0% - The woman aborted for social or economic reasons
  • 75.4% - No reason (elective)