Abortion Fast Facts

Abortion in Ohio: Fast Facts

Abortion is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States.[1]

Since 1973, more than 55 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion.[2]

93% of all abortions are performed for social or "birth control" reasons. So-called "hard cases" of rape, incest, health of baby, and threat to life or health of mother account for less than 7%.[3]

The American Medical Association supports legislation banning partial-birth abortions unless the life of the mother is in danger.[4]

There is a 150% increase in rates of breast cancer for girls under 18 who abort at 8 weeks gestation or greater.[5]

72% of Americans favor some or total restrictions on abortions.[6]

57% of Americans believe abortion is murder.[7]

Nearly two-thirds believe abortion should be illegal after the first trimester.[8]


[1] Guttmacher Institute. “An Overview of Abortion in the United States.” Guttmacher Institute. August 2011. Web. 17 July 2012.<http://www.guttmacher.org/presentations/abort_slides.pdf>.

[2] Ertelt, Steven. "55,772,015 Abortions in America since Roe v. Wade in 1973." LifeNews. 18 January 2013. <http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/18/55772015-abortions-in-america-since-roe-vs-wade-in-1973/>.

[3] National Right to Life. “Why Do Women Have Abortions?” National Right to Life, n.d. Web. 17 July 2012. <http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/facts/reasonsabortions.html>.

[4] American Medical Association House of Delegates. “Health and Ethics Policies of the AMA House of Delegates.” American Medical Association, n.d. Web. 17 July 2012.

[5] Pike, M.C., B.E. Henderson, J.T. Casagrande, I. Rosario, and G.E. Gray. “Oral Contraceptive Use and Early Abortion as Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Young Women.” British Journal of Cancer, 43:72-76, 1981. Web. 17 July 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2010485/pdf/brjcancer00448-0073.pdf>.

[6] Saad, Lydia. "Pro-Choice" Americans at Record-Low 41%: Americans now tilt "pro-life" by nine-point margin, 50% to 41%.” Gallup, Inc., 23 May 2012. Web. 17 July 2012. <http://www.gallup.com/poll/154838/pro-choice-americans-record-low.aspx>.

[7] Rubin, Alissa J. “Americans Narrowing Support for Abortion.” L.A. Times, 2000. Web. 17 July 2012. <http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jun/18/news/mn-42249>.

[8] Ibid.


Last revised 02/05/2014

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