Wednesday, November 7, 2007

When women get pregnant

Want to start a hot argument? Start a conversation about abortion. Today we’ll just talk about the numbers for American women. They are astonishing.

Forty percent of women under 45 have had at least one abortion. I did the math – that’s two out of every five women under 45 who have had at least one abortion.

Twenty-five percent of all pregnancies end in abortion. Forty-nine percent of pregnancies are unintended. Eighty-two percent of all abortions are performed on unmarried women. Women between the ages of 20-24 obtained 33% of all abortions. Black women are three times more likely as white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are two and one-half times more likely. Forty-three percent of women getting abortions are Protestant, twenty-seven percent Catholic. Given that there are more than twice as many Protestants as Catholics, the Catholic abortion rate is thirty-six percent higher than that of Protestants.

Women give three main reasons for abortion: three-quarters say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; two-thirds say they cannot afford a child; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.

The conclusion? You be the judge. Just keep in mind that zero percent of the abortions were performed on men.

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