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 58 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion.[2]

So-called "hard cases" of rape, incest, health of baby, and threat to life or health of mother account for less than 2% of abortions, according to a 2005 study.[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]

68% of Americans favor some or total restrictions on abortions.[6]

49% of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong.[7]

More than two-thirds of Americans 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. "58,586,256 Abortions in America since Roe v. Wade in 1973." LifeNews. 14 January 2016. Web. 4 December 2018. <https://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/>.

[3] Guttmacher Institute. “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives” Guttmacher Institute, 2005. Web. 4 December 2018. <https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/journals/3711005.pdf>.

[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] "Legality of Abortion, 2018 Demographic Tables.” Gallup, Inc., May 2018. Web. 4 December 2018. <https://news.gallup.com/poll/244097/legality-abortion-2018-demographic-tables.aspx>.

[7] Saad, Lydia “U.S. Abortion Attitudes Stable; No Consensus on Legality.” Gallup, Inc., June 2017. Web. 4 December 2018. <https://news.gallup.com/poll/211901/abortion-attitudes-stable-no-consensus-legality.aspx>.

[8] Saad, Lydia “Trimesters Still Key to U.S. Abortion Views.” Gallup, Inc., 13 June 2018. Web. 4 December 2018. <https://news.gallup.com/poll/235469/trimesters-key-abortion-views.aspx>.


Last revised 12/04/2018

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