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posted: 10/20/2012 7:27 PM

Abortion — By the Numbers

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By Associated Press

Nearly 1 million women get abortions every year. Most say they made that choice because they couldn't afford a baby or having one would interfere with a job, caring for existing children or other responsibilities.

Who are these women?

• More than half -- 54 percent -- say they were using birth control around the time they got pregnant.

• Most are unmarried, in their 20s and 30s; 18 percent are teens.

• More than half are poor.

• Three-fourths identify with a religion, mostly Protestant; more than 1 in 4 are Catholic.

• Nearly 60 percent have at least one child.

• More than one-third are white, 30 percent are black and 25 percent are Hispanic.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Guttmacher Institute.

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