Data: Who’s actually getting abortions in the US?

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The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade has thrust the topic of abortion even closer to the forefront of U.S. public discourse. The right to an abortion has long been an issue both fiercely attacked and defended in the country, with ‘pro-life’ having now struck a devastating blow to those on the side of ‘pro-choice.’

 

Away from the politics and ideology though, who are the people having abortions in the United States, and what does the average person that will be affected by the loss of abortion rights look like?

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Infographic: Who is Getting Abortions in the U.S? | Statista You will find more infographics at Statista

Using data collated by USA Facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this infographic presents a selection distributions for the characteristics of people that had an abortion in 2019.

 

Approaching half of the abortions nationwide were conducted after 6 weeks or less of gestation. The majority of those undergoing the procedure had already had at least one live birth in the past, while for a similarly sized majority, it was their first abortion.

 

Somebody having an abortion is most likely to be in their late twenties and although not included on this chart, is unlikely to be married at the time.

 

This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Here’s how state abortion laws may change

 

The Supreme Court has overturned its own precedent in Roe v. Wade, ending federal protection of legal abortions in all states, meaning each state can now determine whether to permit legal abortions.

Given the option to outlaw abortions, about half of U.S. states are expected to do just that. According to the Guttmacher Institute and the Pew Charitable Trust, abortions would be banned in many states across the South, Midwest and Western United States upon such a decision.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, this would severely limit abortion coverage for women in these areas. The next provider would be more than 200 miles driving distance away in Michigan and Georgia, more than 300 miles away in Montana and Alabama, more than 500 miles away in Texas and Florida and more than 600 miles away in Louisiana in case of the Supreme Court overturning the precedent.

In many Northeastern states and West Coast states, abortion rights are protected by state laws. Some states are currently scrambling to codify abortion rights, for example Vermont.

Here’s what to expect in each state:

 

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Would ban abortion

 

Sean Pavone

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year.

 

Chilkoot

 

Would ban abortion

 

Sean Pavone / iStock

 

Would ban abortion

 

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Abortion rights protected by law

 

mlauffen

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

Postoak at English Wikipedia

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DenisTangneyJr

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Likely to ban abortion

 

 

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Would ban abortion

 

 

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Abortion rights protected by law

 

Art Wager

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

knowlesgallery

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

venemama / istockphoto

 

Likely to ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

Pixabay

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

Tiago_Fernandez / istockphoto

 

Would ban abortion

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

Feverpitched / istockphoto

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

Rolf_52

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

JoeChristensen

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

SeanPavonePhoto/istockphoto

 

Would ban abortion

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Likely to ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Likely to ban abortion

 

 

marekuliasz

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

Byelikova_Oksana / istockphoto

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

DenisTangneyJr

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

Tiago_Fernandez

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

weaver1234

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

NathanMerrill

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

” DonLand”

 

Not expected to ban abortion within a year

 

WilliamSherman

 

Abortion rights protected by law

 

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Would ban abortion

 

DepositPhotos.com

 

Likely to ban abortion

 

This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

 

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