Study Reveals 62% of People Who Get Abortions Are Catholic, Protestant, or Evangelical

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The Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe V. Wade, which gave people the right to safe and legal abortions.

The 1973 Roe V. Wade decision was a landmark decision in reproductive rights and protected a pregnant person’s right to choose an abortion without excessive government restrictions.

However, over the past year, in particular, state governments have begun pushing back, testing the limits of what those restrictions could be.

Most notoriously, Texas passed a near-total abortion ban, preventing people from getting an abortion past six weeks. However, it takes at least five weeks before a potential pregnancy would even show up on an ultrasound. And that’s assuming a pregnant person even knows to get an ultrasound. According to Dr. Dana R. Gossett via the New York Times, clinical symptoms of pregnancy don’t start until after six weeks.

Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe, millions of people’s lives and health are at risk.

To understand the full scope of the situation, we’ve gathered a few statistics to help you understand what it means and who it affects.

Who Gets Abortions?

U.S. Abortion Patients

24% of abortion patients are Catholic, 17% are Protestant, and 13% are Evangelical Protestant. In total, 62% of abortion patients are religiously affiliated. (Guttmacher)

39% of abortion patients are white, 28% Black, 25% Hispanic, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% other. (Guttmacher)

75% of abortion patients are low-income or living below the poverty line. (Guttmacher)

59% of abortion patients are already mothers. (Guttmacher)

How Has Roe V. Wade Affected the Number of Abortions?

Abortion Incidence in the United States, 2017

Since the passing of Roe, abortion rates have reached a historic low at only 13.5 abortions per 1,000 cisgender women. (Guttmacher)

Reported abortion-related deaths have significantly declined in the U.S. In 1973, there were 47 abortion-related deaths but in 2018 there were only 2. (Statistica)

How Have Anti-Abortion Laws Evolved Over the Years?

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns or guts Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion

In 2021, 108 abortion restrictions were enacted, the most restrictions per year since Roe.

Currently, 13 states are attempted to ban abortion at 6 or 8 weeks of pregnancy. Texas is the only state that actually has this ban in effect. All other bans are currently being blocked by the courts.

22 states are almost certain to attempt to ban abortion if Roe is overturned including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma. (Guttmacher)

What Should You Know About Worldwide Abortions?

73 million people induce abortions each year worldwide: 6 out of 10 unintended pregnancies and 3 out of 10 of all pregnancies in general. (WHO)

Abortion rates are highest in countries with legal restrictions around abortion and the lowest in high-income countries where abortion and contraception are easily accessible. (News Medical Life Sciences)

Global estimates show 45% of all induced abortions are unsafe with 1/3 being performed under the least safe conditions (untrained professionals, invasive methods). (WHO)

Unsafe abortions are the leading cause of maternal deaths and morbidities worldwide and are also completely preventable. (WHO)


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the founder and editor of Femestella and The Feminist Health Source. She started Femestella in 2016 and soon realized the need for reliable and judgmental-free health articles. In 2022, she launched The Feminist Health Source as a sister site that hopes to help people of all genders, sexualities, body types, abilities, and more get the health information they need. When she's not busy working on Femestella and The Feminist Health Source, you can usually find her binge-watching the latest Netflix series and snuggling with her Tuxedo cat.