Why Women Have Abortions

You might be surprised...

Most women who have abortions feel pressured to do so.

  • 64 percent of American women said they felt pressured by others to have an abortion, according to a report in Medical Science Monitor.  (1)

Examples of coerced abortions

  • Two men in New York have been jailed for killing pregnant girlfriends who refused to have abortions. (2)
  • A Maine couple kidnapped their pregnant 19-year-old daughter and attempted to transport her to New York to force her to have an abortion. (3)
  • A police officer in South Carolina was arrested for assault and attempting to kill a 19-year-old girl.  He was forcing her to abortion their child. (4)
  • A Georgia mother and a pair of cousins were arrested for forcing a 16-year-old pregnant girl to consume turpentine in an abortion attempt. (5)

Eyewitness Accounts of Forced Abortions

On June 6, 2006, I found out I was going to be a mother. I felt my baby moving at 14 weeks. It was a good baby. I was forced to get an abortion by my mother. I look at my ultrasound everyday.
--13-15-Year-Old Female

I’m sixteen and I recently had an abortion. I automatically fell in love with my baby – but when we told our parents our happiness soon faded. When I found out that I actually had an appointment to let someone kill my child I couldn’t believe my mom couldn’t understand what I was going through. The whole time the doctor did the abortion I was crying. I couldn’t believe my baby was dying. I don’t even want to sleep at night because I have nightmares and replay the whole thing over and over in my head.
--16–Year-Old Female

Reasons Cited by Women for Having Abortions

92% of Women Cite “Social” or “Other” as the Most Important Reason for Abortion (6)

25% Not ready for another child/timing is wrong

23% Can’t afford a baby now

19% Completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown

8% Having relationship problems/don’t want to be a single mother

7% Not mature enough to raise a child/too young to have a child

4% Child would interfere with education or career plans

4% Physical problem with my health

3% Possible health problems of the baby

0.5% Rape/husband or partner wants abortion/parents want abortion/don’t want anyone to know about pregnancy

6% Other

Abortion as Birth Control

More than 50 percent of abortions are repeat abortions--in other words, abortions performed on women who have already had one or more abortions.  This indicates that women are using abortion as a method of birth control.