Although this is being written for a political website, I don’t plan on getting into the politics of this topic. After all, it’s a heavy topic, one that’s pretty prevalent in the media after the October 19th presidential debate: Abortion.  After all, abortion is an intensely partisan issue; the ideas of being pro-life or pro-choice cause incredible division among our nation. The stances are very clear for both sides, however, the motivations for them are not. And, again, this topic is tricky, and very uncomfortable. We’re talking about religion, advanced medical procedures, and ending a pregnancy. However, I am not here to write on opinions or the nation’s view on this issue, but simply the facts.

According to the CDC, the abortion ratio in 2012 was 13.2 legally induced abortions per 1,000 women. If there are approximately 157 million women in the United States, that means there were about 2,072,400 abortions in 2012. According to Angelfire, only 5% of these cases have to do with rape, incest, or the health of the mother. If we calculate 5% of the 2,072,400, it’s only 103,620 per year, leaving 1,968,780 abortions performed for the exclusive purpose of termination.

Planned Parenthood receives $528 million taxpayer dollars annually, while only $653 million is divided amongst 50 states for contraceptive programs for high-schoolers. Although legally Planned Parenthood cannot fund abortions, 3% of their funding is used for abortion services, according to the 2013-2014 fiscal report. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood ran into more legal issues with the DOJ of Texas. In this case, a Houston Planned Parenthood had to pay $4.3 million to settle allegations of ‘unnecessary medical care’. The allegations state that between the years 2003 and 2009, this specific Planned Parenthood billed and was paid by government programs, such as Texas Medicaid, Title XX, and the Women’s Health Program, for certain items and services related to birth control counseling, STD testing and contraceptives when such items and services were either not medically necessary, not medically indicated, or not actually provided.

Furthermore, according to the American Pregnancy Association, abortion carries more risks than many people are aware of. The American Pregnancy Association states that serious complications occur in less than one out of 100 early abortions and one in 50 late-term abortions. These complications include damage to the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, infection or sepsis, and perforation of the uterus. Although death from abortion is rare, any surgery is potentially fatal. With regards to the emotional and psychological tolls, lists sleeping and relationship problems, flashbacks and feeling a need to replace the lost child as possible psychological consequences of having an abortion. A woman might feel relieved but guilty for feeling that relief. While many women are comfortable with their choice, others, particularly those from religious backgrounds, might experience depression after having an abortion.

I’m not trying to persuade you in any specific direction, but rather provide facts to you can develop your own informed opinion. If you need any resources with regards to sexaul education, contraception, or abortion, please refer to the links below or find a local Crisis Pregnancy Center: