Nearly 50 Million Abortions Have Been Performed in U.S. Since 1973 Roe v. Wade
Abortions in the United States remains a prevalent form of birth control in the United States and around the world. The pro-abortion rights Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there have been nearly 50 million abortions performed since 1973, the year the Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade decision ushering in legal abortion nationwide.
In 2008, Guttmacher says, there were 1.2 million “legally terminated pregnancies” in the United States, based on reports complied from state and local health agencies.
According to Guttmacher, 35 percent of all U.S. women will have had an abortion by age 45.
Surprisingly, Guttmacher estimates that Catholic women account for more than 31 percent of all abortions performed in the United States while 18 percent of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as born-again Christians or evangelicals.
– Over 60 percent of abortions are among women who have had one or more children, and 90 percent of abortions occur within the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.
– About 20 percent of women having an abortion report using Medicaid to pay for abortions despite laws that prohibit taxpayer dollars from going to fund abortions.
– One significant change that has occurred over the last decade comes as a result of the development of the drug RU-486 or the “Morning After Pill.” Guttmacher estimates that use of the pill has risen significantly since 2005 and now accounts for 17 percent of all abortion procedures.
Worldwide, Guttmacher estimates that 42 million abortions are performed each year with nearly half of those being performed by “unskilled” professionals or in nations where abortion is restricted or prohibited. According to the United Nations, the country with the highest number of abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, in 2007, was Russia.