- 88% of all U.S. counties have no identifiable abortion provider. In non-metropolitan areas, the figure rises to 97%.
- Each year, almost half of all pregnancies among American women are unintended. About half of these unplanned pregnancies, 1.3 million each year, are ended by abortion.
- At current rates, about 1 in 3 U.S. women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45.
- 54% of women seeking abortions experienced contraceptive failure.
Deciding If Abortion Is Right For You
Most women look to their husbands, partners, families, health care providers, clergy, or someone else they trust for support as they make their decision about an unintended pregnancy. And many women go to the clinic with their partner. But you don't have to tell anybody. Specially trained educators at women's health clinics can talk with you in private. You may bring someone with you. You will discuss your options - adoption, parenting, and abortion. You may be asked if someone is pressuring you to have an abortion.
Teens are encouraged to involve parents in their decision to have an abortion, and most do have a parent involved. But telling a parent is only required in states with mandatory parental involvement laws. Such laws force a woman under 18 to tell a parent or get parental permission before having an abortion. In most of these states, if she can't talk with her parents - or chooses not to - she can appear before a judge. The judge will consider whether she's mature enough to decide on her own. If not, the judge will decide whether an abortion is in the teen's best interests. In any case, if there are complications during the procedure, parents of minors may be notified.
Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about abortion.
True or False?
1. No one is pressuring me to choose abortion.
2. I have strong religious beliefs against abortion.
3. I look down on women who have abortions.
4. I'd rather have a child at another time.
5. I can afford to have another child.
6. I can afford to have an abortion.
7. I care about what other people will think.
8. I can handle the abortion experience.
9. I'll go before a judge if necessary.
10. I would do anything to end this pregnancy.
Think about whether or not your answers suggest that abortion might be right for you.
You can get abortion information and assistance at Planned Parenthood and other family planning centers, women's health centers, youth centers, and departments of health or social services. Or you can call the National Abortion Federation hotline: 1-800-772-9100.
To make an appointment with the Planned Parenthood center nearest you for information about abortion and your other pregnancy options, call toll-free 1-800-230-PLAN.
Sources: Planned Parenthood of America, National Abortion Federation, Abortion Access Project.
For more information, click on the links below.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood is America's leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate
and provider. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control
clinic, Planned Parenthood believes that everyone has the right to choose when or
whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women
should be in charge of their destinies.
Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide provide sexual and reproductive health care, education, and information to millions of women, men, and teens in the United States each year. Three and a half million Planned Parenthood activists and supporters also serve as advocates for sexual and reproductive rights.
National Abortion Federation
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. We believe that women should be trusted to make private medical decisions in consultation with their health care providers. NAF currently offers quality training and services to abortion providers and unbiased information and referral services to women.
Abortion Access Project
The Abortion Access Project is committed to access to safe abortion for all women in the U.S. We believe that by being clearly focused on abortion within the context of our broader values we will make a significant contribution to women's health and autonomy.