We were recently asked for updated stats on abortion in the US so, as usual, our National Leader Jill Marquis stepped up to the plate! Here is the tastes info she was able to find! Hope this helps with your ministry information. These are wonderful tools for session #3–Just the facts!
40% of unintended pregnancies end in abortion.
30% of women in America will have experienced an abortion by age 45.
This is great news (the decline in abortion rate). The highlighting is mine – I think we will see an even further decline due to more stringent laws going into effect. However, the reality still remains that AT LEAST 30% of the women sitting in our churches and at least 30% of the men (since we didn’t get pregnant on our own) will have experienced or participated (actively or passively) in an abortion.
The U.S. abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2011, well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000 and the lowest since 1973 (16.3 per 1,000), according to “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” by Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman. Between 2008 and 2011, the abortion rate fell 13%, resuming the long-term downward trend that had stalled between 2005 and 2008. The number of abortions (1.1 million in 2011) also declined by 13% in this time period.
While the study did not specifically investigate reasons for the decline, the authors note that the study period (2008–2011) predates the major surge in state-level abortion restrictions that started during the 2011 legislative session, and that many provisions did not go into effect until late 2011 or even later. The study also found that the total number of abortion providers declined by only 4% between 2008 and 2011, and the number of clinics (which provide the large majority of abortion services) declined by just 1%.
“With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions. We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period,” says Rachel Jones, lead author of the study. “Rather, the decline in abortions coincided with a steep national drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates. Contraceptive use improved during this period, as more women and couples were using highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, such as the IUD. Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.”