Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended; four in 10 of these end in abortion.
About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.
Overall unintended pregnancy rates have stagnated over the past decade, yet unintended pregnancy increased by 29% among poor women while decreasing 20% among higher-income women.
In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million abortions in 2000.
Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
A broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions:
56% of women having abortions are in their 20s;
61% have one or more children;
67% have never married;
57% are economically disadvantaged;
88% live in a metropolitan area; and
78% report a religious affiliation.
For EVERY woman who experiences an abortion, there is a man and family associated.
Each abortion, through a ripple effect, may touch the hearts of 40-50 people in a lifetime.