According to Guttmacher studies, common reasons for having an abortion are because women think having a baby would be too costly and change their lives too “dramatically.” Other top reasons are a desire not to be a single mother, a desire not to add another child to her family, and lack of support from the father of the child, Guttmacher researchers say.
Although the CDC’s abortion surveillance is regular and detailed, its lack of data from California and other states means it reports fewer abortions than the Guttmacher Institute, which issues occasional reports based on its surveys of abortion providers in all 50 states. The most recent Guttmacher report, released in 2011, said that 1.2 million abortions were performed in 2008, at a rate of 19.6 per 1,000 women aged 15-44.
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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