Myths and facts presented out of context are all too common in the U.S. abortion debate. Misinformation extends to even the most basic questions: Who are the women who obtain abortions? Why do they decide to end a pregnancy? What are their life circumstances? This video provides key statistics and places the debate in the context of closely related issues like unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use and sex education.

For newer data as they become available, please read our fact sheet on induced abortion in the United States.