Wednesday, January 23, 2008

CAP: How much do you know about abortion numbers?

Every single abortion is a tragedy beyond compare. It takes the life of an individual who can never be replaced. It also harms the woman in deeply personal and physical ways. Today, though, I'd like to give you an idea of the both the toll of abortion and the very real hope that abortion's hold on our nation is coming to an end.

  • At least 50 million preborn children have been killed through legal abortion over the last 35 years.
  • Approximately 1.2 million abortions occur annually.
  • About half of the women having abortions are 25 years or older with about 60 percent having given birth to at least one child prior to getting the abortion.
  • About 47 percent of all women have had an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.
  • Medical abortions - caused by taking abortion pills - account for 13% of all abortions, double the level of medical abortions in 2001. Abortion proponents see the abortion pills as one solution to the lack of doctors willing to perform surgical abortions.
  • Women who abort a first pregnancy are nearly four times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than women who never have an abortion.
  • The suicide rate for post-abortive women is six times higher than those who had miscarried.
  • In 1992, there were 2,152 abortion clinics. There are now fewer than 750 in operation.
  • There are at least 19 abortion "providers" in Arizona, compared to 43 in 1977.
  • There are now more than 2,300 pregnancy resource centers all over the country, willing to help mothers find alternatives to abortion.
  • There are at least 46 pregnancy resource center locations throughout Arizona.
  • Only 28 percent of 18 to 29 year-old women believe that an abortion should be available to "any woman who wants it." That percentage has shrunk from 49 percent in 1993.
  • The U.S. abortion rate has fallen to 19.4 abortions for every 1,000 women, the lowest level in three decades.
  • In 2006, there were 10,506 abortions in Arizona, compared to 15,783 in 1990.

2) How Much Do You Know?

To test your knowledge about Roe v. Wade, take this quick online quiz, found at, about the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in America.

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