Statistics & Why Women Abort
Would you be proud of 8,542 human lives lost in a single year from a single cause? That is the number of unborn children killed by abortion in Wisconsin in 2009. The picture isn’t all bleak, however, because that number is a 62% decrease from the all-time high of 21,754 performed in 1980.
- Wisconsin’s abortion rate, the number of abortions performed per
1,000 women of childbearing age, is 8. The national abortion rate is 19.5.
- Wisconsin’s abortion ratio, the number of abortions per 100 live
births, is 12. The national abortion ratio is 24.
- 23 unborn babies die from abortion each day in Wisconsin.
- Over 100,404 Wisconsin children have been saved from abortion,
cumulatively, since 1987 when Wisconsin began requiring the reporting
For more information on Wisconsin abortion numbers by age, ethnic background, marital status, and county, please visit the Department of Health and Family Services website at
http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/pdf/itop2009.pdf for the “Reported Induced Terminations of Pregnancy” booklet.
- 1.3 million abortions are performed each year in the United States. That number is down from the all time high of 1.6 million abortions recorded in 1990.
- The national abortion rate is 21 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age.
- The national abortion ratio is 24 abortions per 100 live births.
- 3,562 babies die from abortion each day in the United States. That's one every 24 seconds.
- 15,600 unborn babies who are 21 weeks or older die each year from abortion.
- Over 48 million American unborn babies have lost their lives to abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion on demand.
An estimated 50 million unborn children lose their lives to abortion each year worldwide.
1. Worldwide and United States abortion statistics taken from the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports and Facts in Brief, updated 1996.
2. Worldwide and United States abortion statistics extrapolated from the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports.
3. Wisconsin statistics obtained from Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin 2006, published by the Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health, Department of Health and Family Services.
4. "Prochoice 1990", 27.
Why Women Have Abortions
It's Not What You Think . . . 64% Report Being
Pressured to Have an Abortion
In a report featured in the Medical Science Monitor, 64% of American women reported that they felt pressured by others to have an abortion.(1)
Significant Number of Women Report Being Coerced to Have an Abortion
- Two New York men have been jailed for killing their pregnant girlfriends who refused to have an abortion. (2)
- A couple in Maine kidnapped their pregnant 19-year-old daughter and attempted to take her to New York and force her to have an abortion. (3)
- A South Carolina police officer was arrested for assault and attempt to kill a pregnant 19-year-old whom he tried to force to abort their child.(4)
- A Georgia mother and two cousins were arrested for forcing a 16-year-old pregnant girl to drink turpentine in an attempt to kill her unborn child. (5)
Personal Stories of Forced Abortion
"On June 6, 2006, I found out I was going to be a mother. I felt my baby moving at 14 weeks. It was a good baby. I was forced to get an abortion by my mother. I look at my ultrasound everyday." - 13-15-Year-Old Female
" I'm sixteen and I recently had an abortion. I automatically fell in love with my baby â€“ but when we told our parents our happiness soon faded. When I found out that I actually had an appointment to let someone kill my child I couldn't believe my mom couldn't understand what I was going through. The whole time the doctor did the abortion I was crying. I couldn't believe my baby was dying. I don't even want to sleep at night because I have nightmares and replay the whole thing over and over in my head." - 16â€“Year-Old Female
92% of Women Cite "Social" or "Other" as the Most Important
Reason for Abortion (6)
25% Not ready for another child/timing is wrong
23% Can't afford a baby now
19% Completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown
8% Having relationship problems/don't want to be a single mother
7% Not mature enough to raise a child/too young to have a child
4% Child would interfere with education or career plans
4% Physical problem with my health
3% Possible health problems of the baby
0.5% Rape/husband or partner wants abortion/parents want abortion/don't want anyone to know about pregnancy
These were the most important reasons cited in a study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) appearing in the September 2005 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The information was compiled from surveys of 1,209 abortion patients at 11 abortion centers across the United States. In-depth interviews were conducted with 38 women at four abortion centers.
While the percentages above reflect the most important reason, most women cited more than one reason. The most common theme when several reasons were cited was the claim of not being able to afford the child. A high percentage of women (74%) also cited concerns about how the baby would change their lives. Relationship issues were cited as high as 48% of the time. Over 80% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. Unmarried status reveals that women feel a lack of support from the babies' fathers.
A 2000 AGI demographic study shows that 61% of women who abort already have one or more children -- a further indication that without the assistance of the father, women tend to choose abortion.
Adoption Not an Option The AGI study found that women do not see adoption as an option. Although not directly asked about adoption, over one-third of the women interviewed self-reported that they dismissed adoption as a morally unacceptable option. As summarized in the AGI study, women expressed that "giving one's child away is wrong." Apparently, killing the child is seen as a lesser "evil" than placing the child with loving adoptive parents.
Over 50% are Repeat Abortions
Another important statistic is that over 50% of abortions are repeat abortions, that is, the woman has already had one or more abortions. This implies that women are using abortion as a means of birth control.
1. Vincent M. Rue, Priscilla K. Coleman, James J. Roe, David C. Reardon, "Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women," Medical Science Monitor 2004; 10(10): SR5-16.
2. Steven Ertelt, "New York Man Who Killed Pregnant Girlfriend for Refusing Abortion Sentenced," LifeNews.com, March 2, 2007. Steven Ertelt, "Another New York Man Kills Pregnant Girlfriend Who Refused Abortion," LifeNews.com, April 18, 2007.
3. Steven Ertelt, "Maine Couple's Lawyers Talk Plea Deal in Attempted Forced Abortion Case," LifeNews.com, February 28, 2007.
4. Steven Ertelt, "South Carolina Police Offer Arrested After Attempted Forced Abortion," LifeNews.com, April 16, 2007.
5. Steven Ertelt, "Police Arrest Georgia Mother, Cousins in Second Forced Abortion Case," LifeNews.com, September 26, 2006.
6. Lawrence B. Finer, Lori F. Frowirth, Lindsay A. Dauphinee, Susheela Singh, and Ann M. Moore, "Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives," Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 37, no. 3 (September 2005): 110-18.