The "Hard" Cases

Abortion must be available for:

  • cases of rape or incest

    • Represent only 1% of all cases

  • cases of fetal abnormalities

    • Represent only 1% of all cases

  • motherís health is at risk

    • Represents only 3% of all cases

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (

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Abortion proponents cite the "hard cases" of abortion as justification for the requirement for legalized abortion. However, these "hard cases" represent only 5% of all abortions performed in the United States. Any attempts to limit legalized abortion to these "hard cases" is completely opposed by abortion proponents, although they are constantly citing only these cases.

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  1. Finer LB, Frohwirth LF, Dauphinee LA, Singh S, Moore AM. 2005. Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives. Perspect. Sex Reprod. Health. 37:110-118.
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