The anti-choice crowd is at it again and simply can’t say what they really mean, so I’ll say it for them. But first the numbers.
Anti-choice cultists proliferate the number 1.2 million abortions. There are numerous memes going around in social media. 1.2 million according to the CDC was the average during much of the Bush-Clinton administrations Dropped to under 900 thousand after 1997 and has been in steady decline, with the last reliable numbers at 699K in 2012. All legally performed abortions are tallied by the Centers for Disease Control. The anti-choice people take their numbers from the CDC. They just ignore the ones that don’t suit their agenda.  The numbers before Roe v Wade are suspect since they are estimates before the CDC kept records and does not account for private doctor care or illegal abortions.

Reasons for abortions

Another study, in 1998, revealed that in 1987 to 1988, women reported the following as their primary reasons for choosing an abortion

  • 25.9% Want to postpone childbearing.
  • 21.3% Cannot afford a baby
  • 14.1% Has relationship problem or partner does not want pregnancy
  • 12.2% Too young; parent(s) or other(s) object to pregnancy
  • 10.8% Having a child will disrupt education or job
  • 7.9% Want no (more) children
  • 3.3% Risk to fetal health
  • 2.8% Risk to maternal health
  • 2.1% Other
Donald Trump said that women should be punished “in some way” for having an abortion. the anti-choice propagandists recite the 1.2 million number incorrectly and say that “is okay.” No one said it was okay, ever. The overall statement is offensive to women who had to make a painful and personal decision. The pro-choice and pro-women’s sovereignty side recognize the pain and difficulty in that decision.
What the anti-choice side is really saying is that that prefer those women are punished criminally. There is no other choice if you believe it is murder…
Here are the numbers according to the CDC, courtesy of the CDC:
Note: Not all states reported for each year. See citation for list of states not reporting.[1]

Year Number of Abortions
reported to CDC
induced abortion
ratio per 1,000
live births
CDC Abortion
Surveillance Report
1970 193,491 52 [1]
1971 485,816 137 [1]
1972 586,760 180 [1]
1973 615,831 196 [1]
1974 763,476 242 [1]
1975 854,853 272 [1]
1976 988,267 312 [1]
1977 1,079,430 325 [1]
1978 1,157,776 347 [1]
1979 1,251,921 358 [2]
1980 1,297,606 359 [3]
1981 1,300,760 358 [4]
1982 1,303,980 354 [1]
1983 1,268,987 349 [1]
1984 1,333,521 364 [5]
1985 1,328,570 364 [6]
1986 1,328,112 354 [7]
1987 1,353,671 356 [8]
1988 1,371,285 352 [9]
1989 1,396,658 346 [10]
1990 1,429,247 345 [11]
1991 1,388,937 339 [12]
1992 1,359,145 335 [13]
1993 1,330,414 321 [14]
1994 1,267,415 334 [15]
1995 1,210,883 311 [16]
1996 1,221,585 314 [17]
1997 1,186,039 274 [18]
1998 884,273 264 [19]
1999 861,789 256 [20]
2000 857,475 246 [21]
2001 853,485 246 [22]
2002 854,122 246 [23]
2003 848,163 241 [24]
2004 839,226 238 [25]
2005 820,151 233 [26]
2006 852,385 236 [27]
2007 827,609 231 [28]
2008 825,564 234 [29]
2009 789,217 227 [30]
2010 765,651 228 [31]
2011 730,322 219 [32]
2012 699,202 210 [33]
Total 51,923,070
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