Who Has Abortions

I was asked by a student at Oklahoma City Community College this week who has abortions. This is the latest information from the Alan Guttmacher Institute. It is available at www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html.

52% of U.S. women obtaining abortions are younger than 25: Women aged 20-24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 19%.

Black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2 1/2 times as likely.

43% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% identify themselves as Catholic.

2/3 of all abortions are among never-married women.

Over 60% of abortions are among women who have had 1 or more children.

On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 2/3 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner

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