Who Is Having Abortions?

In 2013, there were 40,750 reported abortions in Illinois. The number of abortions peaked in 1977 and in 2013, the number of abortions in Illinois reached the lowest level since the legalization of abortion in 1973. Illinois ranks #13 in the country for its abortion rate (the highest rate being #1). In Illinois in 2012, there were 271 abortions for every 1000 live births.

Mothers, Especially Single Mothers

In 2013, 88.5% of Illinois abortions patients were unmarried.

In the U.S., 61% of abortion patients already have at least one child, 85% are unmarried, and 45% are neither married nor living with a partner.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the number one reason (74%) that women give for seeking abortion is because a child would interfere with their education, employment, or other responsibilities (like other children). The other most common reasons women gave for having an abortion is because they were unmarried or didn’t want to be a single mom; they were unemployed and/or didn’t have the financial resources to care for the child. Other reasons include not feeling mature enough to care for a child, and the father of the child wants her to have an abortion.

Less than 1% of women have an abortion because of a rape.

Less than .05% of women have an abortion because of incest.

Racial Breakdowns

Although African American people and Hispanic people make up  12.6% and 16% of the U.S. population respectively, they account for 30% and 25% of abortions every year.

Women in their 20’s

Although much debate focuses on teen pregnancies, teenagers (19 and under) account for approximately 19% of Illinois abortions. Over 57% of abortions in Illinois in 2013, were on women in their 20’s. Nationally, women in their 20’s account for more than 50% of abortions.

Abortions on minor girls dropped 20% in 2013, following the enforcement of the Illinois Parental Notification Law. In 2013, abortions on minor girls (17 and under) accounted for less than 4.7% of abortions in Illinois.

The number of abortions performed on girls 14 years old and younger dropped 31.6% in 2013 to 149 – the lowest number in at least 18 years.

Women Who Have Already Had Abortions

About half of American abortion patients have already had at least one abortion.

Low Income Women

In the U.S., 42% of abortion patients have incomes below the federal poverty level.