The proportion of abortion patients who were poor increased by almost 60%.
The abortion rate skyrocketed among poor women just as the economy tanked, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. “Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients, 2008” reports that poor women’s “relative abortion rate was more than twice that of all women in 2008.” What’s more, “the proportion of abortion patients who were poor increased by almost 60% — from 27% in 2000 to 42% in 2008.” We already knew that the recession has put many women’s pregnancy plans on hold at the same time that it has made it harder for women to cover the cost of birth control; and, given that the proportion of women living in poverty has increased by 25 percent since 2000, the Guttmacher findings should come as no real surprise.
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