The decision to continue your pregnancy or to end it is very personal.
Each year, nearly 1.2 million American women
have an abortion to end a pregnancy.2
The most common reasons women consider abortion are:
Birth control (contraceptive) failure. Over
half of all women who have an abortion used a contraceptive method during the
month they became pregnant.2
support or care for a child.
To end an unwanted
To prevent the birth of a child with birth defects or
severe medical problems. Such defects are often unknown until routine
second-trimester tests are done.
Pregnancy resulting from rape or
Physical or mental conditions that endanger the woman's health if
the pregnancy is continued.
In the United States, 9 out of 10 abortions are performed
in the first 12 weeks (first trimester) of pregnancy. Most of
these are done within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy.2
Very few abortions are done after 16 weeks of
pregnancy. But some women have to delay abortions because they have trouble
with paying for, finding, or traveling to an abortion specialist.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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