Shocking Statistic Reveals 1 in 3 Women Have Had an Abortion By 45

abortionI think it's safe to say that abortion may be one of the most controversial topics in society today, period. We live in a country where there is absolutely no consensus on if a woman should be permitted to terminate a pregnancy, and 26 states have passed provisions restricting it. Recently New York Magazine published the stories of 26 women who had abortions, each unique, each so personal, many of them tearjerking. But one of the most shocking facts to me from the piece? That today 1 in 3 women has an abortion by age 45.

If the abortion rate here in the U.S. is that high, then I don't care what your stance on the issue is: we need to make sure women feel like they can get the right care, from the right doctors, and most importantly -- feel comfortable to talk to one another.

I don't have any close girlfriends who have gotten abortions. I have many who have worried about being pregnant, triggered by a missed or delayed period, mostly because they weren't prepared to take on the responsibility of being a parent. Many of them, when that happened, worried that they would have to decide whether or not they'd be able to keep the child. Provide for the child. And of course, they debated abortion.

The biggest fear? Where would they be able to go and feel safe to get an abortion, of course, but mostly the fear of judgment for a choice that's uniquely theirs and their partner's. With that said, this striking abortion statistic makes me feel like there needs to be more of an open dialogue. Women need to know what their options are when it comes to getting an abortion, and need not be judged when they've made a decision and walk into a medical facility to seek a consult. 

There's no denying it anymore: Abortion happens here. It happens more often than a lot of people would like to talk about. The reality: We need to talk about it. We may not all accept a woman's choice to get one, but we need to work toward creating an environment where women can get all the information they need to choose.

Are you surprised by this statistic? How does it make you feel?


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wamom223 wamom223

It makes me sad that we live in a country where people are more worried about how far a woman has to travel to kill her baby instead of how far she travel to treat her cancer.

adamat34 adamat34

Amen wamon.

Personally never had an a nurse I think this stat is BS.

Mark Cox

1 in 3? no way..people who want to push something always will find stats to push their point of view

ashjo85 ashjo85

I don't believe that. At least not where I live! And that's a really sad statistic. That's abortion being used as after the fact birth control. And I agree with wamom.

nonmember avatar randi

The author says that she doesn't have any close girlfriends that have gotten abortions, but if those statistics are correct, I can almost guarantee she does. It's a very personal decision and not something that everyone chooses to talk about, even to their closest friends. And @wamom223, one problem has nothing to do with the other. Both of those are health issues, and we should do everything in our power to make sure that women have access to information and services that they need.

wamom223 wamom223

@randi-I don't think those of us against maternal homicide should be forced to worry about a woman's access to her accessory to murder.  I think cancer is awful and abortion is awful but only one is a choice.  And yes, even in the case of rape or incest you still have choices.  Just because you don't like any of your options or had a choice in getting into the situation doesn't mean you don't still have a choice between the options.  What I am pointing out is you don't really hear people trying to rally around getting more cancer centers even though that is something pretty much everyone can agree on.  What you do hear a lot of talk about is access to abortion which is something no one can agree on.  Even most pro-choice people do not agree 100%.  I'm just saying if you really don't want it to be any of my business you should stay out of my wallet and stop trying to force us all to support your narrative.  

sweet... sweetaspie630

I agree with wamom223. Abortion is wrong, is wrong, is wrong, end of story. No justification makes it right. The ONLY time I ever support abortion is if the baby is dead in the womb, dying in the womb (in many cases it can be delivered pre-term and saved so that should be tried) or if the baby is going to be born with an extremely painful, deadly disease, or if there is no other option to save the life of the mother. If it is to prevent a baby from having to suffer for weeks, months or even years from a horrible, agonizingly paiful disease, I don't consider that abortion or murder, I consider it compassionate euthanization to spare suffering.

nonmember avatar skipper

I would only have an abortion if I were raped and even then it would be hard for me. I don't have a problem with a woman having 1 b/c of certain circumstances but when women have them simply b/c they can, I get so angry. Birth control, condoms! Visit your local Planned Parenthood. Stop having a ton of abortions now b/c when you eventually want to have a baby your organs will be so damaged your body won't let you. That is a fact. I don't think this 1 in 3 statistic is though.

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