Who Is Having Abortions?

It Might Not Be Who You Think

Who is having abortions? You only think you know the answer! You think it’s the 14-year-old who is too young and has no resources. Or, you think it’s the woman who got “caught” just this once and “needs” the abortion option. Or, a woman who was brutally raped. 

But if you think all of the above, you are wrong on all counts. Here’s what years of documented statistics tell you:

  • 48% of abortions are repeat abortions – the woman has already had one or more abortions. 
  • Women aged 18-34 have 80% of abortions.
  • Over 80% of women who have abortions are not married.
  • 61% of women who have abortions have one or more children.
  • African-Americans have 36% of all abortions nationwide and comprise only 13% of the population.
  • Less than 1% of abortions are performed for reasons of rape.

For more information on Wisconsin abortion numbers, please visit the Department of Health and Family Services website at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/ITOP.htm for the most recent “Reported Induced Terminations of Pregnancy” booklet. 

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