According to the pro-abortion rights Alan Guttmacher Institute 92% of all abortions occur for “social reasons” (that is to say that the child is unwanted or inconvenient) rather than medical reasons or sexual assault as the primary basis for their abortions (1). In fact, less than 1% each of women mentioned rape or incest as a factor in their abortions at all (2) (3).
A further study that appeared in the Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2005 of 1 209 abortion patients at 11 large abortion centers across the US also proves hugely informative (4). There were a number of responses women gave to the question as to what was “the most important reason” they had their abortions. These were: they’re “not ready for a(nother) child/timing is wrong” (25%), they “can’t afford a baby now,” (23%), feelings that they had “completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown” (19%), and “having relationship problems/don’t want to be a single mother” (8%). However, only 4% cited a “physical problem with my health” as the main factor in their abortions while 3% identified “possible problems affecting the health of the fetus” as the most important reason behind their decisions. Less than 0.5% cited each of the following reasons as most significant: rape, a husband or partner’s desire that a woman have an abortion, parental wishes, or a desire to keep others from knowing the woman had sex or got pregnant.
1. O’Bannon, R. 92% of Women Cite “Social” or “Other” Reasons. New Study Examines Reasons Women Have Abortions. Available.
2. O’Bannon, R. Ibid.
3. Abortion No. Abortion Facts. Available.
4. Finer, L., Frowirth, L., Dauphinee, L., Singh, S. & Moore, A. 2005. “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives” in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. p. 110–18.