To mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 2013, the Guttmacher Institute — a sexual and reproductive health policy nonprofit — has created five infographics on the state of abortion in America.
Some highlights: By age 45, one in three women will have an abortion. The majority of these — about 58 percent — will happen in their twenties. About 60 percent will already have at least one child.
Unintended pregnancy rates are rising among poor people and falling among higher-income people, but abortion rates are still about five times higher among people living below the poverty line. Rates are also significantly higher among people of color than among white people.
State barriers to abortion are also increasing. In 2012 alone, 43 restrictions on abortion were put into place in 19 states. In 2011, 92 were enacted. The majority of states have some barrier to abortion access on the books.
Click on each infographic image below to see a larger version.[Visit the Guttmacher Institute website.]