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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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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