Reasons for Abortions 1988

A questionnaire asked women the reasons they aborted. Women could choose more than one. The breakdown was:


I’m concerned about how a baby would change my life 76%

I can’t afford a baby right now 68%

I have problems with my relationship 51%

I want to avoid single parenthood 51%

I don’t want others to know I was having premarital sex 31%

I’m not ready for the responsibility 31%

I’m not mature enough to have a baby 30%

I have all the children I want 26%

My husband or boyfriend wants me to abort 23%

The baby has a possible health problem 13%

My health is not good enough to have a baby 7%

My parents want me to abort 7%

I am a victim of rape or incest 1%


This is from an Alan Guttmacher Institute survey of 1,900 women in 38 states who were waiting for abortions. These women filled out a form asking them why they were obtaining abortions. This survey is described in Aida Torres and Jacqueline Darroch Forrest. “Why Do Women Have Abortions?” Alan Guttmacher Institute Family Planning Perspectives, July/August 1988, pages 169 to 176.

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Only 1.31% of abortions in 1981-1990 done for rape, health reasons

Only a small minority of abortions were done in the 1980s from the so-called “hard cases” of rape, incest, and health problems.


To save the mother’s life or health 0.13%

For rape and incest     0.07%

For fetal birth defects     0.24%

For girls under 15 years old 1.0%

Total ‘hard cases’             1.31%

Non-Medically Indicated Abortions   98.56%

United States Bureau of Commerce, Department of the Census. National Data Book and Guide to Sources, Statistical Abstract of the United States. 1990, 110th edition. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. Table 101, “Legal Abortions, By Selected Characteristics: 1973 to 1985.” Also: Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) annual reports.

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Misconceptions on abortion abound in 1990

According to the New York Times:

An August 1990 Wirthlin Group survey of 2,000 voters nationwide showed that 47% believe that there are less than 500,000 abortions per year, as opposed to the actual number of 1.6 million. Respondents also said that an average of 46 percent of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother and for rape and incest an overestimation of 25,000 percent!

Peter Steinfels. “New Voice, Same Words on Abortion.” The New York Times November 20, 1990, page A10.

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Few people knew Roe legalized abortion through all 9 months

From The Daily Oklahoman, January 26, 1992:

“Gallup last year found that 69.9 % of respondents thought there were existing restrictions on abortion that actually are not in place because of Roe. Only 17.6 % knew that the effect of Roe was to legalize abortion throughout all 9 months of pregnancy.

Gallup has also found 86.1 % support for laws which would require women to get information about fetal development and abortion alternatives before procuring abortions. Nearly 70% supported requiring parental consent for abortions performed on minors, and 69.2 % opposed abortion as a means of birth control. A full 54.8 % would back a requirement that the baby’s biological father must consent before abortions…

An October 1989 Wirthlin Group poll which found 69% popular support for the proposition that “the lives of unborn babies should be protected.”

Oliver Trager Abortion: Choice & Conflict (New York: Facts on File, 1993) 42

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Author compares African American death toll from abortion to other causes of death

Elisha J Israel writes about the toll abortion takes in the African American community:

“In 2008, according to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.21 million abortions in the United States and 30% of these were performed on African-American women. In this year African-American women averaged 994 abortions per day. To put this in perspective, in the years between 1882 in 1968, known as the “Lynching Century”, the Tuskegee Institute recorded 3466 lynchings of African-Americans. Today, through abortion that number 3446 is surpassed in about 4 days… In any given year since 1973, the number of abortions surpassed the amount of deaths of the 10 leading causes of death for African Americans. Since 1973, more black lives have died from abortion than for deaths resulting from heart disease, violent crime, HIV/AIDS, cancer, accidents, and diabetes combined.”

Elisha J Israel Killing Black Innocents (2017) 96

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2004 poll shows majority oppose abortion after heartbeat begins

A May 2004 Zogby survey of over 1000 Americans found:

61% agree abortion should not be permitted after a fetal heartbeat has begun

65% agree abortion should not be permitted after fetal brain waves are detected

74% disagree with US tax dollars being used to pay for abortions

77% favor laws requiring specific information about fetal pain being given to women 20 weeks pregnant or more prior to an abortion

“More Americans Hold Pro-Life Views” Family Policy News May 2004

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Rich people are more pro-abortion than poor people

Rich people are more pro-abortion than poor people, study shows.

In a January 2013 Gallup poll, 58% of those with an annual income of $75,000 or more identified as “pro-choice.” Among those who earned less than $30,000 a year, only 41% identified as “pro-choice”—a whopping 17-point gap.

KELSEY HAZZARD “Abortion Oligarchy: Rich Americans More Likely to Support Abortion Than PoorLifeNews  APR 22, 2014

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40% of pregnant teens didn’t tell parents about their abortions

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, only 60% of pregnant teens tell their parents about their abortions.

This means that 40% of teens never notify their parents that they have had abortions.

This research is from the 1990’s, so it may not be accurate as of today (2018)

Jennifer Coburn “Parental Consent Puts Teens In a Bind” San Diego Union – Tribune January 10, 1996

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Survey of Post-Abortion women reveals emotional turmoil

Lisa Arnold compiled the following statistics in 2002 and 2003 from over 200 postabortion women. She works in a crisis pregnancy center, and this is taken from the women who came to her who had past abortions.


My decision to abort had a great impact on my life

agree: 88%
disagree: 7%
not sure: 5%


my self-image has changed since my abortion

agree 78%
disagree 11%
not sure 11%

I cry over my abortion and aborted child (1 – 3 times per month)

agree: 44%
disagree: 39%
not sure: 17%

I feel disconnected and separated from others since my abortion.

Agree: 58%
disagree: 36%
not sure: 6%

I have trouble expressing my emotions.

Agree: 62%
disagree: 29%
not sure: 9%

I find myself being easily angered

agree: 72%
disagree: 21%
not sure: 7%

I struggle with depression.

Agree: 69%
disagree: 20%
not sure: 11%

I am startled when unexpectedly approached or hear a loud noise.

Agree: 57%
disagree: 20%
not sure: 11%

I often feel moody or irritable.

Agree: 80%
disagree: 11%
not sure: 9%

I have trouble sleeping.

Agree: 69%
disagree: 22%
not sure: 9%

I struggle with guilt and self-condemnation over my abortion.

Agree: 85%
disagree: 10%
not sure: 5%

I have kept my abortion a closely guarded secret.

Agree: 82%
disagree: 17%
not sure: 1%

I thought my life would stay the same or change for the better after my abortion.

Agree: 67%
disagree: 18%
not sure: 15%

I worry a lot about the future.

Agree: 78%
disagree: 14%
not sure: 8%

I feel separated from God because of what I have done.

Agree: 65%
disagree: 30%
not sure: 5%

I am afraid God will punish me for having my abortion.

Agree: 72%
disagree: 16%
not sure: 12%

It is difficult for me to make decisions and stick to them.

Agree: 56%
disagree: 2%
not sure: 42%

I thought the emotional pain I have felt over my abortion would lessen over the years but it has gotten stronger.


Agree: 78%

disagree: 19%
not sure: 3%

I think about how old my child would be now.

Agree: 86%
disagree: 12%
not sure: 2%

My abortion experience as a whole was the biggest mistake of my life.

Agree: 73%
disagree: 15%
not sure: 12%

My abortion experience was a relief and helped me to get on with my life.

Agree: 12%
disagree: 76%
not sure: 12%

I would never have another abortion.

Agree: 79%
disagree: 3%
not sure: 18%

I would have another abortion if I felt I had to.

Agree: 9%
disagree: 80%
not sure: 11%

I am interested in free postabortion counseling.

Agree: 75%
disagree: 11%
not sure: 14%
“The women surveyed are of ages ranging from 14 to 58 and come from widespread socioeconomic environments, are of various ethnic backgrounds and have diverse religious beliefs. The period of time from their abortion experience to complete the survey varied from one month to 37 years. The information was gathered in an effort to research the overall effect abortion has on a diverse number of women. It will be used to benefit those involved in counseling and recovery from postabortion stress.”

Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005) 63-65

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Poll finds 56% of people in Ohio believe life begins at conception

As reported in the Akron Beacon Journal:

“A recent poll for the Beacon Journal by the University of Akron found that 56% of Ohioans believe that life begins at conception; but a majority of those voicing an opinion still believe abortion should remain legal.”

Akron Beacon Journal, July 4, 1989. quoted in Oliver Trager Abortion: Choice & Conflict (New York: Facts on File, 1993) 22

Prebon baby at 10 weeks,
Prebon baby at 10 weeks,
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