Roe at 40: U.S. Women

On January 22, 2013, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that nationally legalized abortion is 40 years old.  Because there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation surrounding one of the most politicized women’s health issues, I am sharing some of the infographics from the Guttmacher Institute in the days leading up to this landmark.

Here is the first one, focusing on basic data about women in the United States who have abortions.

A few points worth emphasizing:

One in three American women will have an abortion in her life.

88% of abortions take place in the first twelve weeks.

73% of women who have abortions are women of faith.

Please visit the Guttmacher website for more data and information.

About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • Sus

    These statistics are stunning.

    “73% of women who have abortions are women of faith.” – I wish this were broken out by faith.

    • Caryn Riswold

      Some more information, Sus:
      “More than seven in 10 U.S. women obtaining an abortion report a religious affiliation (37% protestant, 28% Catholic and 7% other), and 25% attend religious services at least once a month. The abortion rate for protestant women is 15 per 1,000 women, while Catholic women have a slightly higher rate, 22 per 1,000.”
      http://www.guttmacher.org/in-the-know/characteristics.html
      What you expected, or not?

  • Maureen O’Brien

    One reason Catholic women have this higher rate s because many are taught that contraception is “intrinsically evil”

  • Sus

    Caryn, thank you for the link and info.

    I’m not sure what I expected. I’m stunned by all the numbers. On another blog, I read that Planned Parenthood set records in 2010-2012 for the number of abortions performed.

    In my mind, it seems like the number of abortions should be going down instead of up. I need to think on it so I can explain why I think that.


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