Abortion Statistics

Abortion Statistics
Approximately 46 million abortions are performed every year, worldwide.

Approximately 126,000 abortions are performed daily, worldwide.

Only 22% of all abortions are performed in developed countries. The remaining 78% of abortions occur in developing countries.

Over 1.3 legal, reported abortions were performed in the United States in 2001. (How many of those mothers-to-be were expecting twins or multiple births?)

On average, since 1972, 80% of all abortions are performed on unmarried women. (United States)

95% of all abortions are chosen as a method of birth control. The remaining 5% are performed as a result of sexual crimes, health problems, or fetal abnormality. (United States)

When asked if they were Pro-Life or Pro-Choice over a period of five years, the public’s approval of the Pro-Life position rose from 33% to 43%, and their collective opinion of the Pro-Choice position declined from 56% to 48%.

Sources: Center For Bioethical Reform, AbortionFacts.com, AbortionTV.com, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, Gallup Poll, New York Times January 2001

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