Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s latest annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011.
That works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.
The 333,964 abortion Planned Parenthood did in fiscal 2011 is an increase of 4,519 from the 329,445 abortions it did in 2010, according to a fact sheet that Planned Parenthood published last year.
Of course when you divide that number by the number of women of childbearing age you get a percentage that’s not so impressive. There are slightly over 4 million children born in the U.S. each year, so that’s about 8% of all pregnancies. I don’t know what percentage of abortions in the U.S. are performed by Planned Parenthood, but if I recall correctly they are by far the largest provider.
The article doesn’t tell us how many of those abortions were related to rape, incest or protecting the health of the mother. We also don’t know how many of them involved some kind of diagnosed birth defect.
I am pro-choice, but I believe that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. Neither is poverty – effective birth control is cheap and widely available. I guarantee you that if a guy has to choose between paying for contraception or not having sex, he’ll come up with the money.