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Abortion in the U.S. Has Become Concentrated Among Poor Women
- Unintended pregnancy rates have increased among poor women while they have declined among higher-income women
- 42% of women having abortions have income levels below the federal poverty line
- Compared with higher income women, poor women have unintended pregnancy rates 5X as high; abortion rates 5X as high and unplanned birth rates 6X as high
- Seven in 10 women would have preferred to have their abortion earlier. Many women experience delays because they need time to raise the money.
- Delays=Higher Costs: travel costs, child care costs, lost wages from missed work
- Women report having to borrow money from friends & family and forgo paying rent, groceries & utilities to pay for their procedure.
These graphics were made possible by a grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.