Approximately 50% of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. This statistic is certainly not acceptable: a lack of planning on the part of two parents doesn’t typically lead to the strongest of family values. I don’t like the idea of abortion. It is certainly not an ideal solution to the problem unwanted pregnancies. It sounds harsh. But the reality is that women should have the option of terminating a pregnancy.
“Highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates. For example, the abortion rate is high, at 29 and 32 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age in Africa and Latin America, respectively—regions where abortion is illegal under most circumstances in the majority of countries. In Western Europe, where abortion is generally permitted on broad grounds, the abortion rate is 12 per 1,000.” Sedgh G et al., Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008, Lancet, 2012 (forthcoming) from www.guttmacher.org.
“Each year 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe abortion, accounting for 13% of all maternal deaths worldwide.” www.guttmacher.org
“Low‐income women often have difficulty raising the money to pay for abortion care and research indicates that economic barriers often cause them to obtain abortion care two to three weeks later in pregnancy than do wealthier women. This is especially problematic because the cost of abortion care increases the longer the pregnancy continues. Later abortion care, which is already inaccessible to women in many states, ranges into the thousands of dollars, which can pose an insurmountable cost. These burdens disproportionately affect women of color, who, because of the connection between racial discrimination and economic disadvantages, are more likely than white women to be poor, to lack health insurance, and to rely on government health‐care programs or plans.” www.prochoiceamerica.org