Missouri Right to Life
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Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone 573-635-5110
FAX 573-635-9285

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Fast Facts


  • Abortion is the direct killing of a baby in a mother’s womb by ripping the baby apart, dismembering the baby, injecting a lethal substance into the baby or other similar means.

  • The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in all 50 states.

  • Abortion is legal in all 50 states for any reason for the full nine months of pregnancy.

  • Only one abortion procedure – partial-birth abortion – is prohibited in the United States.

  • An estimated 57 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973.

  • Over 92% of abortions are performed for social or “other” reasons – because the woman does not want to have the baby. Less than 1% of abortions are performed because the mother’s life is in danger or for cases of rape or incest.

  • 64% of women report feeling pressured into having an abortion; women also report being forced to abort.

  • 48% of abortions are repeat abortions -- the woman has already had one or more abortions.

  • Approximately 80% of abortions are performed on unmarried women between the ages of 18-34.

  • Women experience significant psychological and physical problems post abortion.

  • 36% of all abortions in the United States are of African-American babies. African-Americans comprise 13% of the American population.

  • Fathers have no legal rights to prevent their unborn children from being aborted.

  • Babies suffer significant pain during an abortion procedure.

  • Over 2 million couples each year are waiting to adopt a baby.

This information is courtesy of Wisconsin Right to Life.



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