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From Roe v. Wade in 1973 through 2017, over 60 million legal abortions are estimated to have been performed in the United States – an average of about 1.4 million abortions per year. About one in four US women will have an abortion before age 45.
Although the Catholic and Lutheran churches oppose abortion, more of their members believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases versus illegal in all or most cases.
A woman’s risk of dying from having an abortion is 0.6 in 100,000, while the risk of dying from giving birth is around 14 times higher. The mortality rate of a colonoscopy is more than 40 times greater than that of an abortion. 8.6% of abortions reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 were undergone by women who had three or more previous abortions; 45% of abortions were undergone by women who had one or more previous abortions. 39% of US women live in counties that do not provide abortion services. [191] Seven states (KY, MO, MS, ND, SD, WV, WY) have only one clinic left.

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