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1998 Stats from CDC
Abortions by Year


Why Do Women Have Abortions? 
a statistical breakdown*

Responses listed as primary reason             % 
    Social Reasons (given as primary reason)
       - Feels unready for child/responsibility 25%
       - Feels she can't afford baby 23%
       - Has all the children she wants/Other family responsibilities 19%
       - Relationship problem/Single motherhood 8%
       - Feels she isn't mature enough 7%
       - Interference with education/career plans 4%
       - Parents/Partner wants abortion <1%
       - Other reasons <6.5%
     TOTAL: 93%

   "Hard Cases" (given as primary reason)
       - Mother's Health 4%
       - Baby may have health problem 3%
       - Rape or Incest <0.5%


Poll Fact:   An April 2004 Zogby poll found that 56% of Americans support legal abortion in only three or fewer circumstances:  when the pregnancy results from rape or incest or when it threatens the life of the mother.
       *Source:  Lawrence Finer, et. al, "Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives"  Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Vol. 37 No. 3 (Sept., 2005) p. 110.