- About 67% of all reported abortions happen before 8 weeks gestation.
- Nearly 40% of all reported abortions happen before 6 weeks gestation.
- 92% of all reported abortions happen before 13 weeks gestation. This means the overwhelming majority of reported abortions happen long before a woman is likely to feel movement and often before the sac is detectable by ultrasound.
- Surgical abortion, even at 6 weeks gestation, remains the norm, with nearly 75% of reported abortions before 13 weeks gestation terminated via invasive surgical procedures. Keep in mind many of these surgeries are being done when the embryonic development is difficult to even detect reliably via ultrasound, which means an unknown percentage of women are undergoing risky, invasive surgery for what might not even be a viable pregnancy or even a pregnancy at all. Luteal cysts and chemical pregnancies can sometimes trigger a positive pregnancy test before 6 weeks gestation, as can unviable pregnancies that would have naturally miscarried early at 7-9 weeks gestation. This is why even pro-choice people should support transvaginal ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy before performing such early abortions.
- New York City alone represents about 25% of the black reported abortion rate.
- The “abortion access gap” is that black women’s abortion rates before 6 weeks are about 10 percentage points lower than white, Hispanic or other-ethnic women. But there is no significant gap after 13 weeks. Thus, all races of women have a reported abortion rate for the first trimester around the 92% figure cited above. Needless to say, this is not how pro-choice people report the data.
All of these facts are based on the CDC’s abortion surveillance data. That is why I use the term “reported abortions”, as California and some other areas have not chosen to report their data for a very long time, so we can only rely on what is reported. The abortion rate is also decreasing across all racial groups, independent of abortion providers closing down. There is some correlation, but not to the extent usually portrayed by abortion activists and mainstream media. But the references for that come from multiple sources, some of which are pro-life, and I am not so good at chartifying data these days.
The takeaways here should be that women are getting abortions very, very, very early on, about as soon as the stick shows positive. For pro-lifers, this means that persuading women to stay pregnant just seven weeks instead of six would slash abortion rates by nearly 40%. Get women to stay pregnant for nine weeks and now the majority of all abortions have been eradicated. About 500k children would be born who’d have been aborted otherwise.
There is, however, no easy way to get this to happen. The way to persuade women to stay pregnant once they’ve made a regrettable decision to fornicate (85% of reported abortions are obtained by unmarried women) pretty much involves actually being part of her life as a member of her social group. There’s also the difficult work of persuading women that a little comfort with a guy who you don’t think will help raise the baby is maybe not worth the bother. Celibacy also reduces abortion. There is some inferential evidence that culture-wide, women are in fact just having less sex rather than continuing to have sterile sex that turns out to not be so sterile after all.
Another takeaway is that the pro-choice claims that women can’t get abortions or that “80 percent of counties in America have no abortion provider” are very, very, very misleading. The focus on second trimester and later abortions is purposeful misdirection from the fact that even poor black women and poor rural women can find their way to an abortion provider long before the second trimester arrives. One should also question how much they care about women’s health given their insistence that confirming there’s a pregnancy at all is woman-hating or a form of rape or, well, you can google their feels about transvaginal ultrasounds and see for yourself.
I’m not pro-choice or pro-life. I’m pro-woman. In the benighted hellholes known as Germany, France, Italy and Sweden (to name just a few countries), abortion is greatly restricted compared to American laws, the rooms have to be spotless and the procedure usually must be done in a real hospital. They also have lower per capita abortion rates, deaths from abortion are a memory rather than an annual occurrence and the women’s health statistics are better overall. Funny how that works.