Abortion Facts

Early Abortion facts and statistics

One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Abortion is a common, safe medical procedure, yet it is something that we do not talk about.

Approximately 88% of abortions are performed within in the first trimester (3 months) of a pregnancy. Roughly 59% take place within the first eight weeks of pregnancy, 19% in weeks 9 to 10, and 10% in weeks 11 to 12.
· Abortions performed in the first trimester pose virtually no long–term risk of such problems as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or birth defect, and little or no risk of preterm or low–birth–weight deliveries.
· Termination of pregnancies under 8 weeks of gestation carry the least health risk.
· Fifty–eight percent of abortion patients say they would have liked to have had their abortion earlier. Nearly 60% of women who experienced a delay in obtaining an abortion cite the time it took to make arrangements and raise money.
· Teens are more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 weeks of pregnancy, when the medical risks associated with abortion are significantly higher.
Source: Adapted from: www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html

Medical Abortion Facts

· In September 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the medical abortion drug mifepristone to be marketed in the United States as an alternative to surgical abortion.
· In 2005, 57% of abortion providers, or 1,026 facilities, provided one or more medication abortions, a 70% increase from the first half of 2001. At least 10% of non-hospital abortion providers offer only medication abortion services.
· Medication abortion accounted for 13% of all abortions, and 22% of abortions before nine weeks gestation, in 2005.

Manual Vacuum Aspiration Early Abortion Facts

· Manual Vacuum Aspiration is just as effective as surgical D&C abortion, but has lower complication rates
· Manual Vacuum Aspiration successfully ends first trimester pregnancies 99.5% of the time and carries a minor complication rate of 0.01%. For the 0.5% times the procedure fails, it is repeated.
· Manual Aspiration can be used for termination of pregnancy, treatment of miscarriage, treatment of incomplete abortion, and endometrial biopsies.