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“Behind virtually every abortion is an unintended pregnancy.”

Source:  The Alan Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood)

  • Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended;  four in 10 of these end in abortion.

“Unintended” – this is the result of the contraceptive mindset.–Pro-Life Action of OR

  • About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.
  • Overall unintended pregnancy rates have stagnated over the past decade, yet unintended pregnancy increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.
  • In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million abortions in 2000.
  • Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:
    • 56% of women having abortions are in their 20s;
    • 61% have one or more children;
    • 67% have never married;
    • 57% are economically disadvantaged;
    • 88% live in a metropolitan area; and
    • 78% report a religious affiliation.
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