Abortion Myths - Choice or Child?

MYTHAbortion is only legal through the first trimester.

     FACT:  Due to the radical scope of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court Decisions, abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy.

     FACT:  More than 152,000 abortions take place every year in the United States during or after the 13th week of pregnancy.


MYTHWomen obtain abortions only in rare and extreme cases.

     FACT:  In the U.S. alone, more than 1.2 million abortions were performed in 2008.

     FACT:  Rape and incest are cited as reasons for only 1 percent of all abortions.

     FACT:  Three in four women say they had abortions for reasons of inconvenience.


MYTH:  No one knows when human life begins.

     FACT:  "Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception [they defined fertilization and conception to be the same] marks the beginning of the life of a human being - a being that is alive and is a member of the human species.  There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific wrtitings."


MYTH: "Wanted" children will not become abused children.  Therefore, abortion will act to reduce child abuse.

     FACT:  A landmark study shows that 91 percent of battered children were from planned and wanted pregnancies.  In fact, statistics show that the overall change since 1976 has been a growth of 331 percent in child abuse cases in the United States.


MYTH:  The typical abortive woman is a poor, minority teen.

     FACT:  Four out of every five abortions are obtained by women 20 years of age and older.

     FACT:  Statistics show nearly two-thirds of abortions are performed on white women.