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Fast facts – abortion. What You Need To Know About Abortion, Fast

  • 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.
  • Over 63-million babies lost their lives to abortion between 1973 and 2022, while the U.S. Supreme Court decision, (Roe v. Wade) was in effect. This ruling made abortion legal in all 50 states, for any reason, for the full nine months of pregnancy.
  • For the 49 years of Roe v. Wade, many existing state laws which prohibited abortion were unenforceable. This was the case in Wisconsin, as state statute S.940.04, (which prohibits abortion), was rendered unenforceable by Roe v. Wade.
  • With the June 24, 2022 U.S. Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade, the power to outlaw or permit abortion was returned to the governing laws and/or legislatures of all 50 states. In Wisconsin, this meant that state statute S.940.04, (which prohibits abortion), was once again an active and enforceable state law.
  • The legality of abortion in the remaining 49 states varies considerably from state to state. In a number of states, so-called trigger laws had been passed which were intended to outlaw abortion if and when Roe v. Wade was overturned. Other, more abortion-friendly states rapidly set to work on passing or solidifying existing laws which permit abortion on demand. In many states, legal challenges are being brought to challenge existing abortion-related laws.
  • Over 92% of abortions are performed for social or “other” reasons – because the woman does not want to have the baby. Less than 1% of abortions are performed because the mother’s life is in danger or for cases of rape or incest.
  • 64% of women report feeling pressured into having an abortion; women also report being forced to abort.
  • 48% of abortions are repeat abortions — the woman has already had one or more abortions.
  • Approximately 80% of abortions are performed on unmarried women between the ages of 18-34.
  • Women experience significant psychological and physical problems post abortion.
  • 36% of all abortions in the United States are of African-American babies. African-Americans comprise 13% of the American population.
  • Fathers have no legal rights to prevent their unborn children from being aborted.
  • Babies suffer significant pain during an abortion.
  • Over 2 million couples each year are waiting to adopt a baby.
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