CBS news was first to report results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finding that 35% of women have an abortion by age 45. The Atlanta based agency and the Alan Guttmacher Institute compiled statistics based upon information since the early 1980s. Researchers estimate that nearly 50 million abortions have been performed since the 1973 enactment of Roe. Vs. Wade.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute, a pro abortion rights agency, reported that abortion is one of the most prevalent forms of birth control within the U.S. The CDC found ninety three percent of women have chosen abortion for "social reasons" and unintended or "inconvenient" pregnancies.
Guttmacher and the CDC found that race was a factor in abortion, with African-American women four times as likely to have an abortion than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. The team reported that an estimated 13 million African American women have had an abortion since 1973, with a daily average of 1,876 African American women undergoing the procedure daily.
Despite the alarming figures, the number of abortions performed within the U.S. is on the decline due, in part, to the development of RU 486, known as the morning after pill.
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