Why Women Have Abortions
It’s Not What You Think.
64% Report Being Pressured to Have an Abortion
Significant Number of Women Report Being Coerced to Have an Abortion
Personal Stories of Forced Abortion
I’m sixteen and I recently had an abortion. I automatically fell in love with my baby – but when we told our parents our happiness soon faded. When I found out that I actually had an appointment to let someone kill my child I couldn’t believe my mom couldn’t understand what I was going through. The whole time the doctor did the abortion I was crying. I couldn’t believe my baby was dying. I don’t even want to sleep at night because I have nightmares and replay the whole thing over and over in my head.
92% of Women Cite “Social” or “Other” as the Most Important Reason for Abortion 6
25% Not ready for another child/timing is wrong
23% Can’t afford a baby now
19% Completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown
8% Having relationship problems/don’t want to be a single mother
7% Not mature enough to raise a child/too young to have a child
4% Child would interfere with education or career plans
4% Physical problem with my health
3% Possible health problems of the baby
0.5% Rape/husband or partner wants abortion/parents want abortion/don’t want anyone to know about pregnancy
These were the most important reasons cited in a study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) appearing in the September 2005 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The information was compiled from surveys of 1,209 abortion patients at 11 abortion centers across the United States. In-depth interviews were conducted with 38 women at four abortion centers.
While the percentages above reflect the most important reason, most women cited more than one reason. The most common theme when several reasons were cited was the claim of not being able to afford the child. A high percentage of women (74%) also cited concerns about how the baby would change their lives. Relationship issues were cited as high as 48% of the time.
Over 80% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. Unmarried status reveals that women feel a lack of support from the babies’ fathers. A 2000 AGI demographic study shows that 61% of women who abort already have one or more children -- a further indication that without the assistance of the father, women tend to choose abortion.
Adoption Not an Option
48% are Repeat Abortions
1. Vincent M. Rue, Priscilla K. Coleman, James J. Roe, David C. Reardon, “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor 2004; 10(10): SR5-16.
This information is courtesy of Wisconsin Right to Life.