Question about Abortion? 1 in 3 women, really?

Question about Abortion? 1 in 3 women, really?

Question about Abortion? 1 in 3 women, really?

slkusractKE

There's an old saying out there - "There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." You can warp a statistic to prove almost anything you want to prove, and if you don't take all the factors into account, the results can be totally astounding... and completely misleading. For example, they may be simply taking the number of abortions performed annually in the United States, and comparing it to the total adult female population. That can be misleading though, because some women will have multiple abortions, while others will have none. Let's make the numbers smaller to show what I mean. If the population was 30 women, and there were 10 abortions performed, then that would equal 1 in 3 women having an abortion... if there was one abortion per woman. But what if one of the women had five abortions in her lifetime? Suddenly that totally skews the statistic, because now it's only 6 out of 30 women who have had abortions. And what if one woman had five abortions, and another had 2? Now it's only five women out of 30 who have had abortions. That would be 1 in 6, half as many as the original 1 in 3. You see how quickly and easily the statistics change. I do not believe that 33% of American women will have an abortion in their lifetime, given that approximately half of the population is pro-life and does not favor abortion. If you figure that about 48% of women will never have one on moral grounds, that leaves 33% of the 52% of women who are pro-choice having abortions... that is over half of the pro-choicers you know. Do you really think over half of all pro-choice supporters have had an abortion? I believe the numbers are inaccurate because there is a small percentage of women who have multiple abortions during their childbearing years, and it skews the overall results. Then again, I don't have any statistics from any reputable sources in front of me, so I'm just speculating.

slkusractgreatbigsky

I doubt it is quite true. There are a few possibilities. Either they are including miscarriages in that statistic (they are called spontaneous abortions in the medical field and are very common), or they are just taking the total number of elective abortions per year and dividing it by the total number of women in the country. It comes out to 1 in 3 but you can see that's a misleading statement. It's not really that 1 of every 3 women you see on the street have had abortions. I see patients who have several abortions (one woman had had 6 or 7) and so a certain population may be skewing that statistic a bit. Either way it's sloppy reporting.

slkusractHuggie

i think they take the number of abortions for a select and come up with a percentage, but is does not mean if you pick 3 random women one will have had an abortion. this is because a woman can have several abortions. if you had 10 women and one had 10 abortions and the rest had none you would get 100% of women have had an abortions. its just done to make the problem seem really bad.

slkusractOlive

I really don't think that is true. I think the newspaper you were reading where just trying to get the point though that a lot of women have abortions but I really don't think it is 1 in 3. You should look it up online but 1 in 3 doesn't sound right to me.

slkusractnkn

From 1967 to September 2008, approximately 50,200,000 abortions occurred in the United States- of these, about 30,260,000 or 60% were to women with no prior abortions. In other words, 30,260,000 different women had one or more abortions from 1967 to the present in the U.S. It's a very SAD REALITY and more common than you think. Women dont admit to it because they might feel ashamed, they want to block it or just pretend that it never happened.

slkusractMarsha

I think there are very few women to admit to it, but I think that number seems mighty high. There is little stigma placed upon motherhood without marriage these days. There is a lot of emphasis placed upon birth control on TV and in schools. Kids know how to prevent it, therefore unwanted pregnancy are not as common. Most of them are by choice. I honestly know of only one friend who had an abortion, and it was awful for her. She still has nightmares today and it was many years ago. I hope this helps.

slkusractmyopinion

I haven't but I know a few who have admitted it. If the statistic is true, it's very sad, but also shows a reason why it should never be illegal. Growing up when I did, I learned about back-alley illegal abortion and do-it-yourself jobs where women were made sick, killed, and maimed. No one wants to lose a mom, a sister, a daughter, or a friend that way, no matter how one might feel about abortion. I can't imagine anyone saying their mom or sister or daughter or friend deserved to die because she tried to abort her baby.

slkusractAngel

my ex sister in law had 10 abortions in her life. Sick isnt it? I absolutely HATE this woman and I do not see her brother anymore or talk to their family. Abortion is something that every woman thinks about. If I had a decision to make and one of them was to get an abortion.. it would depend on the situation I am in. Its not selfish to want that baby to live at another time. There could be a good reason for it. Everyones opinion is different, its soley up to you.

slkusractAngel

Well I think it is true. Sadly I had an abortion when I was 16. Biggest regret of my life!! many people are having it these days, I just wish that it was illegal or cost heaps of money so that hardly anybody could get one...

Ask

Abortion

Popular Q&A

Mormons, capital punishment, and abortion?
We're taught that abortion is wrong and it is STRONGLY discouraged and may affect your church membership. There's no official stance on capital punishment, however, many of the Mormons in the US are republican or conservative and support the death penalty, however, I know many exceptions to...

Abortion, HUGE MISTAKE, want to get pregnant again?
I know how you feel. I had an abortion last summer in August, after 11 months of trying to conceive. I was forced into aborting the baby, which was the worst thing I ever had to go through. My symptoms were getting brown discharge when my period was 10 days late, I was sleeping all the time...

Canadian Law Regarding Abortion?
Generally only first and second trimester abortions are allowed. Currently there are no physicians who will do third trimester abortions and when they are deemed necessary the patients are sent to the US.

Dilation and curettage? is this the safest way of abortion?
They both have risks - Suction is exactly what it sounds like - a vacuum type hose that removes the fetus and tissue. A D&C is a scraping of the uterine walls. Both can lead to infertility down the line, but I believe the D&C is more dangerous (I could be wrong though). The best thing to...

Can an ovarian cyst keep u from getting an abortion at 20 weeks pregnancy?
Why the hell would she wait so long anyway?! That baby is kicking by now. Good Lord! Just tell her to adopt out the baby because at 20 weeks, that's just straight up murder. Disgusting. Edit: To Heaven, abortion is legal in the United States up until 24 weeks of pregnancy without a medical...