The abortion rate per year has been estimated to be about 42 million whereas the birth rate is about 133 million per year. The rate of abortion in developing countries is 83% and this is a huge percentage as compared to the abortion occurrences in developed countries which is about 17 % of the total number of abortions worldwide. In the United States alone, the abortion rate is about 1.4 million per year.
The main reasons for abortion in the United States are rape, health problems, incest and other social reasons.
Facts and Statistics of Teen Pregnancy
The total numbers of teens from the age group of 17-19 that become pregnant each year in the United States are 700000! Out of this, about 75% of the pregnancies are unplanned of which about 7.2 % teens do not even receive any medical attention.
The alarming fact is that out of every 10, 5 teens experience unwished or involuntary first interaction.
Reasons for abortions
One of the most common reasons for abortions is because women do not feel mature enough to take care of the child. The other common reasons are non readiness to raise a child, difficulty to afford a baby, reluctance about being a single mother and pressure of complete child bearing on the mother alone.
Procedure of an abortion
A woman must think about getting an abortion done as soon as possible in the pregnancy period. A woman cannot get an abortion done without a proof of legal residency is many countries and hence one must possess it. The clinic will perform operations like an ultrasound and blood test before performing an abortion. These might cost a few hundred dollars.
Views of young people on Abortion
About 76% of the young people believe that a woman must see the ultrasound before opting for an abortion while 31% people believe that abortion is a bad thing. About 48% people don’t know the fact that a planned parenthood offers abortion while 58% people don’t have a clue about where to refer a friend who might want to keep the child.
Maternal Death Crisis
One of the most alarming facts about maternal death is that every 90 seconds, a woman dies during childbirth. To top this, about 15% women worldwide have life threatening complications at the time of pregnancy. The 5 major causes of maternal deaths are Hemorrhage (severe bleeding), sepsis (infection), unsafe abortion, hypertensive disorders and obstructed labor.
Of all unmarried women, about 510 abortions are reported for every 1000 child births whereas this ratio is 61 abortions for every 1000 child births in the case of married women. It is shocking to know, that 52% of the women who have abortions, are under the age of 25.
Abortion rates in the US
The top five states in US with highest abortion rates are New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas and Florida. America has lost more lives in abortions than in wars since the year 1775! 62% people believe that abortion should be made legal in the first three months of pregnancy while 86% people think that abortion should be illegal in the last 3 months of pregnancy.
View on Abortion by Religious affiliations
86% Americans think that abortion should be legal if a woman is facing serious health complications whereas 79% Americans believe that abortion should be made legal if the woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape.