- Roe V. Wade legalized abortion in January of 1973.
- In the U.S., there are about 1 million abortions every year.
- Most abortions occur between 4-12 weeks of development.
- Adolescents account for 18% of all the abortions in the U.S.
“The reader should be aware that abortion statistics are often hard to obtain, and those statistics that are available are frequently inaccurate."
“Official abortion statistics are often low due to incomplete reporting. In the United States, for example, not all states mandate such reporting. Even in those states that require or encourage reporting of abortion statistics, this reporting is incomplete (as demonstrated by higher numbers reported to abortion advocacy organizations). From 1988 to 1997, the total number of U.S. abortions reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control was 11.3% lower than the total number reported to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research branch of Planned Parenthood). In 1998 four states discontinued state-level gathering of abortion statistics, contributing to the 25.4% drop in CDC figures from 1997 to 1998.” (Source: Johnston Archive)