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Facts and Statistics about Teenage Abortion

Reports indicate that there are approximately 1 million teenagers in America that become pregnant each year. Of those, 78% are unintended. Of all the teenage women that become pregnant, 35% choose to have an abortion rather than bear a child. This indicates a problem in the amount of sexual activity with teens, and ultimately the decision made once they find out they are pregnant.

At Choices, we are a resource for teenagers and young women and men searching for answers when it comes to their pregnancy. Whether you are thinking about an abortion or simply unsure about what your next decision should be, we provide the resources and knowledge so you can make the decision that is right for you.


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Abortion Statistics

Below are a number of statistics as they relate to abortions in the United States from various years.

  • Some 1.06 million abortions were perfomed in 2011, down from 1.21 million abortions in 2008, resulting in a decline of 13%.
  • There have been a total of approximately 50 million abortions performed in the United States from 1973 – August 2011. [1]
  • In 2011, 72% of all abortions were perfomed on unmarried women. [2]
  • 47% of women who have abortions have had at least one previous abortion.
  • In 2012, there were 277 abortions in Hall County alone.[3]


Teenage Pregnancy Is 100% Preventable

Below are statistics related to teenage pregnancies in the United States.

  • Seven out of 10 American teenagers have engaged in sexual intercourse by their 19th Birthday. [4]
  • Only 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by the age of 22, versus approximately 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence. [5]
  • The children of teenage mothers are more likely to: [6]
    • Drop out of high school
    • Experience health problems
    • Be incarcerated during adolescence
    • Give birth as a teenager
    • Face unemployment  
  • Approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies ocur each year, 82% are unintended. [7]
  • Of these teenage women who become pregnant, about 35% choose to have an abortion rather than bear a child. [8]
  • 18% of all U.S. abortions are from teenagers. [9]


We Are Here for You
Choices cares about your health. We provide no cost, confidential assistance in a welcoming environment. If you are a teenager thinking about an abortion and do not want to add to the statistics listed above, we offer you support. We provide not only pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds and STD tests, but we also provide post abortion assistance.

We offer 2 locations to serve you.  If you would like to learn more about teenage abortion statistics, stop by our office and let us provide you with helpful resources

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  1. Jones, Rachel K. and Kathryn Kooistra. "Abortion Incidence and Access to Services in the United States, 2008." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 43, no. 1 (2011, March): 41-50 [PDF]
  2. Guttmacher Institute, 2011, August. Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States.
  3. Georgia Department of Public Health, 2012, "OASIS Maternal/Child web query tool," OASIS, online
  4. Abma JC et al., Teenagers in the United States: sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, National Survey of Family Growth 2006–2008, Vital and Health Statistics, 2010, Series 23, No. 30.
  5. Perper K, Peterson K, Manlove J. Diploma Attainment Among Teen Mothers. Child Trends, Fact Sheet Publication #2010-01: Washington, DC:Child Trends; 2010.
  6. Hoffman SD. Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press; 2008.
  7. Finer LB and Zolna MR, Unintended pregnancy in the United States: incidence and disparities, 2006Contraception, 2011, doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2011.07.013.
  8. Dudley, Susan. "Teenage Women, Abortion, and the Law." Prochoice. Web. 14 Sept. 2015. <>.
  9. Jones RK, Finer LB and Singh S, Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients, 2008, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010.
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