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Topic: Abortion Step 1: Present the Facts Abortions have been legal in the United States since 1973 when the number of abortions performed each year began to increase, a trend that continued until 1981 when a gradual decline began that only ended in 2006 when a slight increase was once again experienced as shown in Figure 1 below. EMBED MSGraph.Chart.8 s Figure 1. Number of Abortions per 1,000 women in the U.S. aged 15-44 years, by year: 1973-2008 Source: Based on graph in Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States at 2 Salient statistics concerning abortion include the following: About four in 10 of unintended pregnancies (which represent almost half of all pregnancies) are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. In 2008, 1.21 million abortions were performed, a decrease from 1.31 million in 2000; however, between 2005 and 2008, the long-term decline in abortions stalled. From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions were performed in the U.S. Each year, two percent of women aged 15 44 have an abortions. Half have had at least one previous abortion. At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45. Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic (Facts on Induced Abortion in the

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