Reasons for abortion

Lawrence Finer, et. al, "Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives" Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Vol. 37 No. 3 (Sept., 2005) p. 110.

Social Reasons (given as primary reason)
- Feels unready for child/responsibility 25%
- Feels she can't afford baby 23%
- Has all the children she wants/Other family responsibilities 19%
- Relationship problem/Single motherhood 8%
- Feels she isn't mature enough 7%
- Interference with education/career plans 4%
- Parents/Partner wants abortion <1%
- Other reasons <6.5%
TOTAL: 93%

"Hard Cases" (given as primary reason)
- Mother's Health 4%
- Baby may have health problem 3%
- Rape or Incest <0.5%

TOTAL: 7% (Approx.)

Taken from the National Right to Life page.


GrannyGrump said…
Notice that the "hard cases" are also self-reported, rather than verified as a diagnosis. So they can include anything from a woman who was suffering some life-threatening malady (unlikely, since any responsible doctor would do her abortion in a hospital and not refer her to the local quack-o-matic) to women who was ashamed to admit she was aborting for social reasons so she just checked that box. And the fetal indications can be everything from verified lethal anomalies to "I took two aspirin before I realized I was pregnant and figured better safe than sorry."

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