Facts and Research About the Unborn and Abortion

Doctor holding an ultrasound

Statistics of the Unborn and Abortion

Based on accumulative data from the two primary sources of U.S. abortion statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Guttmacher Institute), more than 1 million abortions are performed each year in the United States. Since 1973, we estimate more than 52 million abortions have been performed in the United States.

  • Based on current abortion rates, about one in three women will have an abortion by age 45.
  • 44 percent of women who had abortions in the U.S. had at least one previous abortion.
  • Almost half (49%) of abortions are among women and teens 24 years old and younger.
  • Women aged 20-24 obtain 32% of all abortions, and teenagers obtain 16%.
  • 84 percent of women who had abortions in the U.S. were unmarried.
  • Nearly 60% of abortions are among women who have had one or more children.
  • Nearly two-thirds of women having abortions say they are Christians.
  • About 13 percent of American women are black, yet they account for over 35 percent of all abortions.
  • Less than 1 in 6 Caucasian pregnancies end in abortion.
  • Almost 1 in 2 African-American pregnancies end in abortion.
  • Hispanic women account for 25% of abortions.
  • The abortion rate among African-American women is three times higher than among white women.
  • Nearly 75% say a baby would interfere with work, school, or other responsibilities.
  • Nearly 75% say they cannot afford to have a child.
  • Nearly 50% say they do not want to be a single parent or they are having problems with their husband/partner.

How Does American View Pro-Life

In May 2012, according to a Gallup poll, 50% of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life," compared to a record-low 41% who say they are "pro-choice." The poll also revealed a clear moral divide on abortion with 51 percent of Americans finding abortion "morally wrong" compared to 38 percent who say it is "morally acceptable."

However, a recent Barna study of 1,001 adults explored Americans’ views on abortion, asking if they believe "abortion should be legal in all cases, legal in most cases, illegal in most cases, or illegal in all cases." Given these four options, the nation’s population leans toward retaining legal status for abortion:

  • 49% prefer keeping it legal in all or most cases.
  • 42% would like to make it illegal in all or most instances.

Among evangelical Christians:

  • 78% believe that the practice should be illegal in all or most cases.