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Abortion Statistics

The following are some interesting and shocking statistics regarding abortion:

Summary:  The womb, which should be the safest of all “places” for a human being, is incomparably more dangerous than this world:

  • A baby is 4,142 times more likely to be killed in the womb than in the first four years of its life, and 2,911 times more likely to be killed in the womb than in the first 12 years of its life!
  • A baby is 7.9 times more likely to be killed in the womb than to die of natural causes during the first year after birth.
  • All abortions to end pregnancies caused by rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life represent less than 1% of the total number of abortions in the U.S. (0.2% rape + 0.5% incest + 0.01% medical).
  • Therefore 99% or more of all abortions (1,400,000 annually) are performed for the CONVENIENCE of the parentsOTHER STATISTICS


Rape:  There were 80,797 rapes reported last year in the U.S.  80,797 rapes yield 4,040 pregnancies at 5% pregnancy rate. Assuming every pregnancy results in an abortion (not a realistic assumption), that represents less than 0.3% of the total number of abortions in the US.  A more realistic statistic is half or a third of that, or something on the order of 0.1% – 0.2% of the total number of abortions in the U.S.

Conclusion:  Abortions due to rapes represent about 0.2% of the total number of abortions in the U.S.

Incest:  The number of cases of incest in the U.S. is not well defined.  Estimates range from 100,000 to 1,000,000 per year, with the female to male victim ratio being roughly 2:1.  Assuming a median number of 500,000 total cases, about 335,000 of those involve female victims.  No data is available breaking these statistics down by age.  Most incest victims presumably are young children before child-bearing age.  So, assuming that ¼ of the female victims are girls who could get pregnant, there are 83,750 victims who could be impregnated.  Unlike rape, incest is likely to occur multiple times with the same victim, but again no data are available.  Let us assume two occurrences per victim, or a total of 167,500 incidents of incest that could lead to pregnancy annually.  Given the 5% pregnancy rate, the total number of pregnancies occurring from incest is approximately 8,375 annually, which represents 0.6% of the total number of abortions in the U.S.  However, not all such pregnancies are aborted so we know that the number is somewhat less than that.  But again there are no statistics readily available.

Conclusion:  Abortions due to incest represent about 0.5% of the total number of abortions in the U.S.

Life of mother:  Pregnancy related mortality rate for the mother is 0.0118% per pregnancy.  Even if every one of these resulted in an abortion, these cases would represent about 0.05% of the total number of abortions performed.

Conclusion:  This is a statistically insignificant part of the problem.



Abortions / year (1996):  1.37 million

21.6 abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44 in 1996
19.6 abortions per 100 women in 2008
22% of all pregnancies end in abortion

3.9 million live births in 1996
4.2 million live births in 2008
Infant mortality rate 1996, excluding fetal deaths: 28 / 1000 infants (2.8%)
Infant mortality rate 2008, excluding fetal deaths:  28 / 1000 infants (2.8%)

(Report #78)

Crime statistics:
1996: 265, 228,572 population;   19,650 murders total;   96,250 rapes total
2008: 304,374,846 population;   16,442 murders total;   90,479 rapes total
Therefore murder rate = .054 per 1,000 population

Murder victims by age in 2008:

Total murders:  14,180
Under 18:  1,494
1 to 4 years old:  338
5 to 8 years old:  70
9 to 12 years old:  73
13 to 16 years old:  452

Rapes in 2008:  80,797 reported rapes

Rape pregnancy rate:  5% per rape

Incests in US: 100,000 to 1,000,000.  (2 incidents with a female per 1 with male).

Life threatening pregnancies:  Pregnancy related mortality rate for the mother is 0.0118% per pregnancy


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