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Analysis: Abortion Statistics in the United States
The Unborn Baby
An unborn baby's heart begins to beat 18-21 days after fertilization.
Brain waves can be detected as early as 40 days after fertilization.
Since 1973, there have been more than 55 million abortions in the United States.
Women have cited "social reasons," not mother's health or rape/incest, as their motivation in approximately 93% of all abortions.
A March 2013 poll by The Polling Company found that 53% of Americans oppose legal abortion except in only three or fewer circumstances: when the pregnancy results from rape or incest or when it threatens the life of the mother.