Single women are four to five times more likely to abort than women who are married and the abortion rate has doubled for 18 and 19 year olds. Recently the U.S. rate dropped 6 percent overall but the rate of abortion among girls younger than 15 jumped 18 percent (Strauss et al., 2002). The rate among minority teens climbed from 186 per 1,000 to 189 per 1,000. About 40 percent of Americans believe that abortion should remain legal and 40 percent believe it should be banned except when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother or is the result of rape (Strauss et al., 2002).
In view of the fact that Roe v. Wade made abortion legal nationwide in 1973, there have been more than 40 million abortions in America. Some studies indicated that one in three
women will have an abortion before they reach 45. One study showed that one in three adults between the ages of 45 and 70 has been personally involved in at least one abortion (Thirdway
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Culture Project, 2005). Abortion has been legal in the United States since 1973, and since then there have been about 39 million abortions reported. It has been reported that approximately 1.31.4 million abortions occur in the United States on the annual basis (Abortions, 2007). The encyclopedia of surgery states that in 2000 an estimated 21 out of 1,000 women aged 1544 had an abortion and out of every 100 pregnancies that year that ended in live birth or abortion, approximately 24 were elective terminations. The highest abortion rates in 2000 occurred in New Jersey, New York, California, Delaware, Florida, and Nevada Kentucky, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Mississippi, Utah, and West Virginia had the lowest rates (Encyclopedia of Surgery, 2007).
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