Skip Nav
Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far) — You Won't Be Able to Put Them Down!
37 Halloween Costumes For Couples Who Want to Scare the Sh*t Out of People
12 Bomb Dot Com Halloween Costumes For Couples

Abortion Rate Rises With Economy's Decline

Abortion Rate Rises With Economy's Decline

The rate of abortion in the US has risen for the first time since 1990, and the reason for it is not so surprising. Experts say that thanks to the recession more women and families don't have the financial resources for children.

In its latest report, the Guttmacher Institute found that there were 1.21 million abortions in 2008, or 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. Since 1981 abortion rates have been consistently falling, but that decline has stalled. The study also found a rise in the use of the abortion pill: 59 percent of abortion providers offer the option. And while more women decide to end their pregnancies, the harassment of abortion providers grows; 89 percent of nonhospital abortion providers reported harassment.

Some other facts from the most recent report:

  • Half of US pregnancies are unintended, and 22 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion.
  • Half of women who get an abortion have already had at least one.
  • At the current rates, one in three women will have an abortion.
  • 42 percent of women obtaining an abortion make less than $10,830 a year (the federal poverty level).
  • 88 percent of abortions occur in the first 12 weeks.

Do these numbers surprise you?

Image Source: Thinkstock
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Well I'm not sure the price difference between latex and polyurethane, but my high school boyfriend and I used the polyurethane b/c he preferred them, cheap asshole he was I doubt he would have bought them if they were too much more expensive. That's exactly what I'm talking about though, "Some people are just full of excuses." I would love to see legislation passed that says women who have three or more abortions have to go to sex ed classes and counseling. One or two is understandable in most cases, but three or more usually points to some serious education and self-respect issues. When I was young I was very reckless with my body sexually, and now that I've matured and sought counseling I realize that I had a lot of emotional issues that were causing me to disrespect my body. It's also a matter of health, women who keep having abortions keep having unprotected sex and putting themselves at risk for acquiring/spreading STIs. It's unconscionable for the government to allow someone to act so recklessly and do nothing to intervene.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
My sister claimed to not be able to use any kind of birth control, that's how she "got pregnant with her 3rd child" with her now soon to be 2nd ex husband. She's allergic to latex and when I mentioned polyurethane, she said "They're too expensive." Really. This is the same person who couldn't afford to go back to school, so she decided to have another kid. Some people are just full of excuses. I know that if I did get pregnant and have an abortion, I would double up my birth control to make sure it never happened again. If I was really that desperate to not get pregnant, I would double up in the first place.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Maybe I ranted too much, sorry... a couple things I would like to point out in defense of myself: there is a big difference between "a girl doesn't use her b.c. correct at age 16, and then is raped at 22" and "women who keep letting themselves get knocked up." And are there really women who can not use ANY form of birth control whatsoever? Not latex condoms or polyurethane condoms or hormonal birth control or sponges or a diaphragm etc etc etc? I have yet to meet anyone who can not use a single one of those, if anyone on here is like that let me know so I can stand corrected. I know they're not 100% effective but the chances of a woman who uses birth control correctly to need multiple (more than two) abortions seems so slim... I would be willing to bet most women who have multiple (more than two) abortions either have lower than average IQs or have serious self-respect issues.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
For the record, I'm not judging at all on the abortion issue. Just saying it's ridiculous how many people don't use birth control properly or at all and are "shocked" when they discover they're pregnant. I'm very pro-contraceptives. If you look at the girls on 16 and Pregnant, I believe only 1 had been using birth control consistently (out of... 15 or so girls).
HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
Lol. I agree with Jessicabanana. Regardless of why someone is getting an abortion, my opinion is this. If you don't want to be a mother, you probably shouldn't be. Mistakes happen, even....Oh my gosh, twice! If a girl doesn't use her b.c. correct at age 16, and then is raped at 22, should she not be able to terminate because of what happened when she was 16? What if the condemn broke? Abortion is a very personal choice and no one should be judging.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Lol @ Betty "Half of US pregnancies are unintended" See, I disagree here. I think almost all of these pregnancies happen because of reckless behavior (of course birth control fails, but most does because of human error). If you intentionally have sex without protection or only occasional use it (skipping pills, only using condoms sometimes, letting the shot lapse, etc), you know pregnancy can happen, so "unintended" doesn't really apply. You're asking for pregnancy when you don't take precautions 100% of the time. There's my rant for the day :P As for the abortion issue: This doesn't surprise me. 1 in 3 is a high number though.
GregS GregS 6 years
It would seem that BCP or some other form of BC would be preferable to incurring the costs of an abortion, not to mention far safer and less emotional, too. I find it amazing that half of the pregnancies are unintended, and that half of them (22% of all - I assume that unintendeds are the source) are aborted. I just wish that the movements weren't called "Pro Life" and "Pro Choice". Both are choices, and there are more lives at stake than just the fetus'.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
I personally don't have any issue with abortion at all and I don't see a problem with a woman getting a many as she like in her lifetime (there is no "moral" quota in my opinion) aside from the fact that a. they aren't cheap and b. they aren't particularly good for your body, but hey neither is birth control really. Preventative measures seem like the obvious and less stressful choice to me. I would have no desire to freak out every time I'm late. I do know some women have issues with birth control even if they use it. I'm am ironically celibate so I'm not testing the effectiveness of mine though. Either way it's a personal choice to me and I don't think someone's else beliefs, and that is what they are, should allow them to be nasty to anyone.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
It doesn't surprise me at all. The lower your social economic status the harder it is to raise a child. It is not the same being a single mother who makes$ 100,000 a year than being a single mother who makes below $30,000. Let's use birth control to decrease the chances of an unwanted pregnancy!
Epicdoodle Epicdoodle 6 years
btw condoms aren't 100 percent effective and not everyone wants to use birth control pills or in some cases they can't use birth control pills due to allergies. However women who keep getting pregnant and getting abortion after abortion - I do think they're just being careless and stupid! They need to get some birth control plan in order pronto! Not only will it reduce the chances of them getting pregnant, it'll also reduce the chances of catching a STD! Plus abortions aren't exactly cheap they would save much more money by just investing in protection in the first place!!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
You're right, that was a bit harsh, to all the women who have been in extreme situations (multiple rapes which led to abortion) I apologize. To all the women who keep letting themselves get knocked up and keep having abortion after abortion, my comment still stands.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I guess the recession means people can't afford birth control either. I'm prochoice, but I'm also procontraception. Hope I'm not being to harsh.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
Let's not be too harsh here. Circumstances vary, and it's rude to make assumptions-negative or positive-regarding such a sensitive topic.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
"Half of women who get an abortion have already had at least one." Fucking idiots. There's this thing, it's called a condom. Make your man put it on his dick before sex and you won't get knocked up over and over again.
Sexy Movies of 2017
Coconut Oil Benefits For Children
Sexy Costumes For Women
Mom Has Maleficent-Themed Breastfeeding Photo Shoot
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds