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Stats to know about abortion in the United States!

So, our culture is permeated with the thoughts about teenage girls getting pregnant and being the only people that get abortions. Wrong! Some new stats (although some of you might have already known this) show…

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions each year are 25 or older. Only about 17 per cent are teens. About 60 per cent have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

That’s pretty significant. Women who are having abortions are doing it in a reasonable manner and they’ve thought about it. Are we really going to condemn a woman over 25 for making her own decisions about her body? Is she too immature to make this decision? That’s a big, fat NO. But our society doesn’t think about these women. They only think about the misinformed (about sex ed, that is) teenagers who are getting pregnant and contemplating abortion. Which is something that I also think is very, very reasonable. I personally know of a 13 year old who has a child right now. She got pregnant when she was 12, by a 19 year old…and she’s now a single mother forever. Should she really have had that child? No. But it’d done now. Anyway, that was a total tangent…

Some other interesting stats say a lot about the socio-economic structure of our society as well. These prove to
me that abortion is not the problem, other underlying factors are. (Even though I already knew that)

But year after year the statistics reveal that black women and economically struggling women — who have above-average rates of unintended pregnancies — are far more likely than others to have abortions. About 13 per cent of American women are black, yet new figures from the Centers for Disease Control show they account for 35 per cent of the abortions.

Instead of the United States government trying to ban abortion, they should be dealing with the economy, poverty and other social inequalities in society. Saying abortion is the worst thing under the sun is just a band-aid for a bullet wound.

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