Abortion Facts & Statistics

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  • January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy.1
  • Since abortion was legalized in 1973, the lives of over 51 million pre-born babies have been extinguished. At least 13.85 million of these abortions were African American babies.2
  • We know this estimate is low because, with a few exceptions, no abortion data is available for Alaska, California, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and New Hampshire in years before 2004.3
  • White women are 61% of the female population and account for 36% of all abortions, black women are 14% of the female population and have 30% of abortions, and Hispanic women are 15.8% of the female population and have 25% of abortions.4,5
  • Over 37% of African American pregnancies end in abortion.6
  • Abortion is the leading cause of death among African Americans. In fact, you can stack deaths from HIV-AIDS, violent crime, accidents, cancer, and heart disease one on top of the other and still not come close to the 13.85 million black babies that have died
    by abortion since 1973.7
  • Abortion has reduced the African American population by 33%.8,9
  • Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 African American were lynched in the United States.10 That number is surpassed within 3 days by abortion. Abortionists snuff out the lives of approximately 1,219 African American children each day.11,12


“Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babes were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black. Wake up, Black America and relive Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream! The way of abortion is the way back into bandage!”

— Erma Clardy Craven, founding member of Human Life Alliance. 


1 Doe vs. Bolton, U.S. Supreme Court, Jan 1973.*�"�2 Guttmacher Institute. 2005.�"�3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2007. �"�4 U.S. Census Bureau. 2009.�"�5 Guttmacher Institute. May 2010.�"�6 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009.�"�7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2007. | 8 Ibid.�"�9 U.S. Census Bureau. 2009. | 10University of Missouri - Kansas City. | 11 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008.�"�12 Guttmacher Institute. 2005. |*For full citations visit www.humanlife.org/did_you_know.php Reprinted with permission Human Life Alliance www.humanlife.org