Abortion in America: The Facts on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

As we approach the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Guttmacher Institute has created a series of info-graphics to clarify the facts about abortion in our country.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, I have to hope that graphics like these will help us to have a more honest conversation about birth control than we had during the 2012 election, not to mention the uninformed, name-calling that those like Rush Limbaugh engage in.

When nearly one in three American women will have an abortion in their lifetimes, it would be nice to get past the hyperbole, recognize that it is still a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion and have a conversation about women’s health issues that isn’t directed by men.

Consider these facts with presented in the first graphic with what’s happening in America with regard to abortion restrictions, as reflected in the next graphic:

According to a Gallup poll taken about one  month before the 2012 presidential election, the most important issue at stake for those women polled in swing states was abortion. Based on additional research, I can guarantee you that reproductive rights are just as much an economic issue for many American women, as it is a health issue. So isn’t it time to be a bit more straightforward in what the current state of access to abortion is?  More graphics tomorrow.

Image via iStockphoto/Tommaso Colia

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