The people of the United States never voted on or supported this pro-choice position. Actually, it was the U. Supreme Court that "legalized" abortion as a result of Roe vs. Wade on January 22,
For example, an April information sheet  states that about 13, women have abortions following rape or incest. This figure appears to be derived from the survey percentage or from preliminary results of the survey. However, it is the product of a limited survey by an organization with a stated objective of advocating unlimited access to abortion services.
It is thus desirable to seek an independent source of such figures, such as that provided by the state reported statistics reviewed below. Evaluating this claim also involves issues of reliability of rape-related statistics.
If the AGI figure for is correct, it would imply that 15, abortions in were for For abortion cases. This is a higher fraction than appears to be supported by medical research--although this ratio does not yet account for underreporting of rapes.
For abortion to the FBI, reported annual numbers of forcible rapes in the United States rose from about 90, in the mid s to a peak ofinthen dropped to about 89, for the years and to 84, in .
These figures are not strictly applicable to forcible rape but provide a useful estimate. Further, these figures carry a high degree of uncertainty, as they imply annual figures for rapes reported plus unreported ranging fromtoover this period, with large year-to-year variability.
Nonetheless, these figures may be used to estimate average annual figures for as 93, reported forcible rapes andmore unreported, ortotal per year. Some sources claim much larger unreported numbers. Stewart and Trussell  citerapes and sexual assaults reported inand additionally cite a National Women's Study which claimedrapes in The latter figure would mean 5.
The wide range in estimates of unreported rapes is evidence of the problem of quantifying these figures. Another issue is the frequency of rape-related pregnancy. Some sources claim very low frequencies, citing medical studies, and conclude that the total number of pregnancies resulting from rape each year is on the order of The most extreme claimed rates of underreporting are necessary to bring this in line with AGI's claim of 13, rape-related abortions per year.
Even higher levels of rape-related pregnancies have been claimed: Stewart and Trussell  cite the previously mentioned National Women's Study claiming 32, per year inand this figure is repeated by Holmes et al. Stewart and Trussell extrapolate this to 25, per year in merely by considering lower crime rates.
However, adopting the DOJ underreporting figures, average implied annual figures for are as follows: Note that these statistical approaches carry large uncertainties.
Circumstances surrounding both rape and abortion prompt degrees of both underreporting and inaccurate reporting. Regardless of the acutal rate of reporting, it is widely agreed that large numbers of rapes go unreported to authorities.
Available information on reasons for abortion are generally self-reported by the abortion seeker and thus not verifiable. Some women seeking abortion might conceal rape as the actual reason.
Alternately, some women might falsely claim rape as a reason, for example to obtain funding for an abortion this appears to be an issue with federally funded abortions as discussed below. Thus, rape-related abortion data interpretation is hampered by the particularly traumatic circumstances of such cases.
Nonetheless, it will be seen below that the larger sampling in states that report figures for rape-related abortions give consistent results, supporting the reasoning for lower figures than the AGI figures.
While not a major issue in the United States, abortions for the purpose of selecting the sex of the child are quite common in Asia, where they are generally used to abort female fetuses. Several Asian countries, including the People's Republic of China, India, and South Korea, are beginning to show significant demographic impacts resulting from such practices.
India and the PRC have both been compelled to legislate against sex-selection abortions despite their otherwise broad support of abortion practice.
The authors of the study discuss a variety of health factors that could influence this ratio. In the CDC completed a more detailed analysis of trends in the U.
The authors identified several up or down trends in the ratio between andincluding a 0. They did note that family preference can affect the birth ratio although they did not explicitly point out that this is via such means as sex selection abortions and that this does affect it in some countries, but do not report any indication that it is a factor in the United States.Human life is a sacred gift from God.
Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church.
The Guttmacher Institute is a primary source for research and policy analysis on abortion in the United States. In many cases, Guttmacher’s data are more comprehensive than .
Abortion is the killing of a human being, which defies the word of God. The Bible does not draw a distinction between fetuses and babies: the Greek word brephos is used in the Bible to refer to both an unborn child and an infant. Sep 15, · Most opponents of abortion agree that abortion for the sake of the mother's health can be morally acceptable if there is a real risk of serious damage to the mother. Abortion for social reasons is. Pro-choice arguments (for abortion) Some believe a woman should have the right to choose to have an abortion, whatever the reason. She should not have to persuade two doctors that she is making the right choice.
Pro-choice Abortion - Consider the Health Risks of Abortion Pro-choice abortion is supported by Planned Parenthood, which is being sued for failure to provide information to patients of risks associated with having an abortion.
Pro-choice arguments (for abortion) Some believe a woman should have the right to choose to have an abortion, whatever the reason. She should not have to persuade two doctors that she is . Alternately, some women might falsely claim rape as a reason, for example to obtain funding for an abortion (this appears to be an issue with federally funded abortions as discussed below).
Thus, rape-related abortion data interpretation is hampered by the particularly traumatic circumstances of . Sep 15, · Most opponents of abortion agree that abortion for the sake of the mother's health can be morally acceptable if there is a real risk of serious damage to the mother.