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Who has abortions?


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
women overall.
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.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sbsolter/ Sarah

    Thank you. Everything said in the video is so important, but the line that really stands out to me is “But while prevention is key, there will always be women
    who need abortions.” Yes! I think this is so important to be said, because we are not going to reach some ideal world where contraception, health care, sex ed., etc. are perfect and there are no abortions (note that this is not my own idea of an ideal world, but what I have heard other people express. In my opinion, abortions are not a “necessary evil” such that their existence makes the world less than ideal. I have no problem whatsoever with the continued existence of abortions). There will always be abortions, and they need to be safe and accessible for all women.

  • http://feministing.com/members/minatureanimals/ Joshua Ecochard

    I am so glad a video like this exists. The simple fact is, abortions are an over-arching health issue for so many more people than is publicly understood. Dispelling myths can be difficult, but thankfully videos like this, videos that are eye catching, simple, and to the point can lay it out for people. Let’s not forget though that abortion is not solely a women’s issue, but a healthcare issue for many many more!