Statistics: Abortion for the “hard cases” 1981-1990

The percentages of abortions done for different reasons:

AVERAGE ANNUAL ABORTIONS, 1981 to 1990 1,550,000

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 1.00%

For women over 40 years old 1.30%

Total ‘hard cases’ 2.74%

Non-Medically Indicated Abortions 97.26%


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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