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In Brief Facts on Induced Abortion In the United States INCIDENCE OF ABORTION •Nea r lyha l fo fpregnanc iesamong American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. • Forty percent of pregnancies among white women, 69% among blacks and 54% among Hispanics are unintended. • In 2008, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000. However, between 2005 and 2008, the long-term decline in abortions stalled. From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions occurred. • Each year, two percent of women aged 15-44 have an abortion; half have had at least one previous abortion. • At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, about one- third will have had an abortion. WHO HAS ABORTIONS? • Eighteen percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers; those aged 15-17 obtain 6% of all abortions, teens aged 18-19 obtain 11%, and teens under age 15 obtain 0.4%. • Women in their twenties account for more than half of all abortions; women aged 20–24 obtain 33% of all abortions, and women aged 25-29 obtain 24%. • Thirty percent of abortions occur to non-Hispanic black women, 36% to non- Hispanic white women, 25% to Hispanic women and 9% to women of other races. • Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic. • Women who have never married and are not cohabiting account for 45% of all abortions. •About61%o fabo rt ionsa reobta inedby women who have one or more children. • Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children). Twenty-
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