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WI By The Numbers
- Wisconsin’s abortion ratio, the number of abortions per 100 live births, is 10. The national abortion ratio is 21.
- Over 138,058 Wisconsin children have been saved from abortion, cumulatively, since Wisconsin began requiring the reporting of abortion.
- 1.1 million abortions are performed each year in the United States. The all time high of 1.6 million abortions was recorded in 1990.
- The national abortion rate is 16.5 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age.
- 2,900 babies die from abortion each day in the United States. That’s one every 30 seconds.
What You Need to Know, Quick
- Abortion is the direct killing of a baby in a mother’s womb by ripping the baby apart, dismembering the baby, injecting a lethal substance into the baby or other similar means.
- The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in all 50 states.
- Abortion is legal in all 50 states for any reason for the full nine months of pregnancy.
- Only one abortion procedure – partial-birth abortion – is prohibited in the United States.
- Over 55 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973.
- Over 3,300 unborn babies die from abortion in the United States every day. In Wisconsin, 19 abortion deaths occur each day.
Roe V. Wade
The Landmark Case
1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Decisions Legalized Abortion in the U.S. for the Full Nine Months of Pregnancy
Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mother’s life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest, or for certain limited medical reasons, or on demand (New York).
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two decisions, Roe v. Wade 1 and Doe v. Bolton 2 which, taken together, have allowed legal abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states.