Facts and Statistics
-More than 52 percent of abortions obtained are by women who are under 25
-Teenagers obtain 19 percent of abortions
-Teenagers are more apt to get a late abortion
-By age 15, only 13 percent of teenagers have had sex
-82 percent of pregnancies amongst teens are unplanned.
-About 20 percent of all intended pregnancies each year are related to teenagers.
-29 percent of teen pregnancies end in abortion.
-The U.S. has a teen pregnancy rate that is twice that of England and Canada and eight times that as Japan and the Netherlands.
-Unmarried teenagers having children account for 24 percent of all unmarried expectant mothers.
-More than 2/3 of all teenagers who have a baby will not graduate from high school.
-Billions of dollars are spent taking care of teenage mothers and their children and they are more likely to be in the poverty bracket.
-"Only 51 percent of teen mothers earn a high school diploma before age 22, compared to 89 percent of women who did not give birth as teens, according to Child Trends, a nonprofit research group that studies child development issues affecting low income families" (Moore).
-"8 out of 10 teen fathers don't marry the mothers of their first children and absent fathers of children born to teen mothers pay less than $800 annually to help with the child" (Huus).
-"To the extent that a tough stance against teen motherhood ends up hurting young children, it will certainly end up costing society more" (Furstenburg).