Quick Facts on Abortion

An estimated 43% of women in the U.S. will have at least one abortion by the time they are 45 years old.1

Yet, few medical students and residents are learning about abortion and how to provide this procedure.

Abortion is truly inaccessible for many women living in regions that lack trained abortion providers.

One study estimates that 24% of women having abortions travel 50 miles or more for services.2

Students are graduating from medical school with little or no abortion education.

Only 5% of abortions happen in hospitals, where most medical students and residents are trained.3
As a result, many new doctors are not equipped with the skills they need to provide women with the full spectrum of reproductive health care.

An estimated annual 200,000-1.2 million illegal abortions occurred in the United States during the 1950's & 1960's.3

As many as 5,000 American women died annually as a direct result of unsafe abortions prior to Roe V. Wade.4

1. Henshaw SK, Unintended pregnancy in the United States, Family Planning Perspectives, 1998, 30(1):24-29 & 46.
2. Henshaw SK and Finer LB, The accessibility of abortion services in the United States, 2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(1):16-24.
3. Finer LB and Henshaw SK, Abortion incidence and services in the United States in 2000, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(1):6-15.
4. "International Policy and Practice: Responding to Unsafe Abortion," Ipas, 2003