There have been 52,008,665 total abortions since 1973.
Each year, two percent of women aged 15-44 have an abortion; one-half have had at least one previous abortion.
88% of women who have abortions live in a metropolitan area.
Three-fourths of women cite either economic, career or education-oriented reasons for having an abortion.
In the United States abortion is legal all nine months of pregnancy.
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6. Section IV, Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973).