Who are the women who obtain abortions in the United
You might be surprised.
Almost one out of every three American women
Will have an abortion by age 45.
They come from all walks of life.
They are women you know.
Most women having abortions are in there 20s.
Many people mistakenly believe that teens are the group
most likely to have an abortion.
Teens actually account for fewer than 2 in 10 of all
abortions, and most of them are older teens —those aged
18 and 19.
Six in 10 women having abortions already have a child and
many have two or more.
They know what it means to be a mother.
And they often cite the need to care for their children as a
primary reason for deciding not to have another right now.
Three out of four women who have abortions describe
themselves as religiously afﬁliated
Catholic women have abortions at about the same rate as
In 2008, more than 4 in ten abortion patients had incomes
below the federal poverty line
That’s a huge increase from a decade ago.
White women account for one in three abortions, more than
any other group.
However, women of color are disproportionately likely to
have an abortion.
The reason is that black and Hispanic women have much
higher rates of unintended pregnancy.
These trends reﬂect widespread inequities in other areas
Not enough Access to contraception and to quality,
affordable health care.
And not enough educational opportunities and good jobs.
These broad social and economic inequities must be
But at a minimum, contraception should be easy to get and
use for all.
And comprehensive sex education should be available to all
But while prevention is key, there will always be women
who need abortions.
That’s why abortion is basic health care for women.
It should be covered by private insurance plans as well as
under public insurance programs, such as Medicaid.
Covering abortion under Medicaid is critical to help the
poorest, most vulnerable women pay for their procedure.
Any woman who needs an abortion
should be able to have one safely and with dignity.