Get the Facts

Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion, whether they know it or not. Abortion is a common medical procedure sought by people of all racial, income, religious, geographic demographics. People of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and immigration statuses need access to abortion, every single day. Our testimonies bring to light the very realities of people choosing abortion across the country. Here are some baseline statistics of who we are from Guttmacher.

  1. Three in ten cisgender women will have an abortion by age 45. While we don’t have statistical data on trans and nonbinary people, we do know they have abortions and seek competent and compassionate abortion care.
  2. The majority (57%) of abortions are obtained by people aged 20-29. Young people aged 15–17 obtain 6% of all abortions, while 18–19-year-olds obtain 11%. Young people, under age 15 obtain 0.4% of all abortions.
  3. The majority of people who have abortions identify as people of color. In the United States, Black people obtain 30% of all abortions, while Latinos obtain 25% and people of other races account for 9%. White people account for 36% of abortions.
  4. Abortion is often a parenting decision — over 60% of people who have abortions are already parenting a child, and a third have two or more children. Three-quarters of people having abortions cite their responsibilities as parents and to their families as one of the needs to have an abortion. Similarly, three-quarters also say that having a child would impact their work, school, or the ability to care for the family they’re raising. Half of people having abortions have said they do not want to raise their child as a single parent or identified problems with their husband or partner.
  5. Many people having abortions (75%) say they are unable to afford a child. Almost 70% of people obtaining abortions have an income that is under 200% the federal poverty level, $10,830. Low wages, lack of insurance coverage, and costs associated with traveling long distances for an abortion makes obtaining it that much harder. The National Network of Abortion Funds and its member organizations received 116,000 calls, but were only able to support 30,000 people with $3.5 million in abortion funding, and another $90,000 in travel assistance and child care.
  6. Eighty-seven percent of counties in the United States don’t have an abortion provider, and as clinics are closing at an alarming rate, accessing an abortion is becoming increasingly more difficult.

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