Who has most abortions? The data may (or may not) surprise you

 By Carole Novielli - Posted at Live Action:

While any woman could find herself experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, statistically, there are some characteristics that are more common than others. It should surprise no one that those obtaining most abortions are women who are unmarried and in their 20s. But some of the other factors are less expected.

This data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Guttmacher Institute, which was once Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate” and research arm.

According to the two groups:
  • Most abortion clients are women in their 20s (60%* – 56.9%^)
  • Most abortion clients have had a previous live birth (59%*-60%^)
  • Most abortion clients are unmarried (45.9%*– 85.5%^)
  • Black women account for most abortions committed later in pregnancy — 40% (120,121) of abortions between 0-13 weeks of pregnancy and 42% (10,100) at 14 weeks or later.^
  • Most abortion clients had a low income (75%*)
  • Most abortion clients had at least a high school education (91%*)
  • Most abortion clients paid for their abortions out-of-pocket (53%*)
Black women had the highest abortion percentage (38.4%), rate (23.8 abortions per 1,000 women), and ratio (386 abortions per 1,000 live births), according to the CDC.