1. Abortion legislation
2. Abortion rates and numbers
3. Link between abortion rates and abortion legislation
4. Abortion and health
5. Public opinion on abortion
There are about 1,000,000 abortions per year in the United States, that’s over 200 abortions per 1,000 live births. Nearly one in three American women will have an abortion by the age of 45 (source).
Some more US state by state information is here. These are the global abortion rates:
The link between abortion rates and abortion legislation is counterintuitive: laws that restrict abortion don’t seem to lower the number of procedures; on the contrary, restrictive laws are associated with higher rates:
Of course, this is probably a typical correlation-causation problem. It’s unlikely that strict laws cause higher rates. Perhaps countries with strict laws also tend to be poor and then it may be poverty that causes the high rates (poverty means lower access to contraception for instance).
Globally, half of abortions are considered unsafe, and almost all unsafe abortions occur in the developing world. Complications due to unsafe abortion continued to account for an estimated 13% of all maternal deaths worldwide.
In the US, abortion mortality fell dramatically since legalization in 1973, although the trend was set before:
Public opinion in the U.S.: