Why do women have abortions?
As important a question as that is, it’s hard to find a reliable answer. For more than a decade, the Guttmacher Institute has listed the same three reasons on their abortion fact sheet.
Based on a 2004 survey of 1,209 post-abortive women at nine different facilities, they report the following:
Three-fourths of aborting women have an abortion because they can’t afford a child.
Three-fourths of aborting women have an abortion because a child would interfere with their life (work, school, etc).
Half of aborting women have an abortion because they don’t want to be a single parent.
You don’t have to be a statistician to notice that these percentages don’t seem to add up. How can you have more than 100% of something? This apparent discrepancy owes to the fact that each respondent was allowed to give more than one reason for having an abortion.
Most respondents chose four (out of 13 possibilities); some women selected as many as eight. Though the 8-page surveys were ostensibly designed to allow for very specific and thorough responses, the reported conclusions provide little more than sweeping generalizations.
This is almost assuredly what the Guttmacher Institute wanted. It gives them and their cohorts at Planned Parenthood the opportunity to say that 3/4 of all abortions happen because the woman can’t afford a baby—even if finances were a relatively minor consideration in the overall decision-making process.
If you dig into the data deeper, you’ll see that only 23% of respondents identified the inability to afford a child as the main reason for having an abortion. Along the same lines, not wanting to be a single parent was the main reason for abortion in only 8% of respondents, and only 4% of respondents identified school or work concerns as the most important reason.
The number one most important reason for having an abortion—I’m not ready for a child right now—was selected by 25% of respondents.
Strangely, it’s not even listed as such on the abortion fact sheet. Wouldn’t it have been more more honest and helpful to highlight the most important reasons? Probably, but there’s an agenda in play here.
It’s in the financial best interests of the abortion industry to make the reasons for abortion sound as sympathetic as they possibly can, and they do a remarkable job at it. I’m guessing this is why other notable numbers were left off their fact sheet.
For instance, these are some of the survey statistics that you won’t find on their abortion facts page:
Only 4% of respondents cited health concerns as their main reason for abortion.
Only 3% of respondents cited possible fetal abnormalities as their main reason for abortion.
Less than 0.5% of respondents cited rape as their main reason for abortion.
Only 1% of respondents cited rape as a reason for their abortion.
6% of respondents cited parental pressure as a reason for their abortion.
14% of respondents cited partner pressure as a reason for their abortion.
25% of respondents cited the desire to keep their sexual activity a secret as a reason for their abortion.
None of these statistics fit the standard pro-abortion narrative, which overemphasizes the hard cases and underemphasizes the external pressures working to coerce women into an unwanted abortion.
Be that as it may, we can look to the state of Florida for a far more current and representative window into the reasons women choose abortion.
Though it doesn’t receive much public attention, Florida records and publishes the given reason for every abortion performed within its borders.
Below you will find the percentage and reason for all 71,740 abortions that were performed in Florida in 2015:
.001% The pregnancy resulted from an incestuous relationship
.065% The woman’s life was endangered by the pregnancy
.085% The woman was raped
.288% The woman’s physical health was threatened by the pregnancy
.294% The woman’s psychological health was threatened by the pregnancy
.666% There was a serious fetal abnormality
6.268% The woman aborted for social or economic reasons
92.330% No reason (elective)
What does all this mean? It means that almost 99% of Florida abortions are performed on healthy women, with healthy babies, who chose to have sex. There was nothing problematic with the circumstances of conception and nothing problematic with the health of the mother or baby.
Secondly, according to these numbers, only 6% of Florida abortions are performed for economic reasons. Taken altogether, more than 92% of the abortions performed in Florida have nothing to do with “necessity” and everything to do with expedience.
Said differently, more than 92% of the abortions performed in Florida happen for reasons that even abortion-advocates struggle to justify.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 4th, 2018