According to a 1988 article published in a journal by advocates of abortion, 93% of abortions are obtained for social reasons. Authors Aida Torres and Jacqueline Sarroch Forrest conducted a survey of 1900 women with 1,773 responding. They then compiled a table taken from the responses of the women surveyed, of the most important reason each woman had obtained an abortion. When the percentages are added together, 93% of abortions were obtained for social reasons which do NOT include abortions for hard-case pregnancies. Their own analysis showed that so-called hard cases were, at most, 7%. These include abortions for:
- Rape or incest (1%)
- Pregnancies which jeopardized health (3%)
- Pregnancies in which the child had a potential disability (3%)
Reference: Torres, Aida and Jacqueline Sarroch Forrest, Family Planning Perspectives, Volume 20, Number 4, July/August 1988, p. 170.
- Please note that the data comes from a publication of the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, an abortion advocate group. Data presented in this and other tables may be biased infavor of abortion.
|Why Women Have Abortions: Reason for Abortion||*||**|
|Woman is concerned about how having baby would change her life||6%||284 women|
|Women can’t afford baby now||21%||372 women|
|Woman has problems with relationship/wants to avoid single parenthood||12%||213 women|
|Woman is unready for responsibility||21%||372 women|
|Woman doesn’t want others to know she has had sex or is pregnant||1%||18 women|
|Woman is not mature enough, or is too young to have child||11%||195 women|
|Woman has all the children she wanted, or has all grown children||8%||142 women|
|Husband or partner wants woman to have abortion||1%||18 women|
|Fetus has possible health problem||3%||53 women|
|Woman has health problem||3%||53 women|
|Woman’s parents want her to have abortion||1/2%||9 women|
|Woman was victim of rape or incest||1%||18 women|
|* Percent of 1,773 responses. Percentages in the original add up to 101% due to rounding, per Communication Dept. of Family Planning Perspectives.
** Raw number of 1,773 respondents who chose each answer.