Global Stats on Women Seeking Abortion

Who’s Accessing the Natural Miscarriage Website?

  • Individuals from 121 countries have accessed our site.
  • Many US visitors to the site are located in areas of the US where abortion access is restricted.
  • The majority of visitors identify as White/Caucasian.
  • Visitors to the site represent many women who desire such information despite their religion’s objection to abortion.

Relationship Status of Visitors

  • The majority of visitors have never been married, but are in a monogamous relationship.
  • The  majority of visitors report that the man that got them pregnant is their boyfriend.
  • The majority of visitors currently have no children.

Nature of Sexual Contact Resulting in Unintended Pregnancy

  • Nearly a quarter of the sexual contact resulting in unintended pregnancy was not fully consensual.
  • Sex was non-consensual in approximately 14% of the visitors.
  • The majority of women were not drugged or under the influence of drugs when engaging in the sexual contact that resulted in unintended.
  • The vast majority of visitors to the site reported using at least one method of contraception.
  • Among those who did not use birth control, many hoped that they would not get pregnant. This group was primarily women under 25, suggesting the need for better sex education for young women.

Support and Consequences

  • Approximately 43% of the visitors to the website have the support of the man who got them pregnant to pursue an abortion/natural miscarriage.
  • Many women have not shared with anyone that they are considering an abortion.
  • Three out of four women visiting the site noted financial hardship as a core reason for pursuing an abortion/natural miscarriage.
  • More than a third of our visitors cited disownment by their family as a consequence of pregnancy.
  • A total of 28% of our visitors noted severe physical consequences from others should they be found to be pregnant from a beating from a family member to forced female circumcision.

Home Countries and U.S. States

Countries

Overview: 121 Number of countries were represented.

Table 1: Top Countries of Origin, n=3256

CountryCount%
United States227169.75
Philippines1203.69
Afghanistan962.95
Canada962.95
Australia772.36
United Kingdom722.21
India411.26
South Africa401.23
Ireland29.89
Mexico23.71
Nigeria23.71
Other36811.29

U.S. States

Overview: All US States except Vermont were represented

Table 2: Top US States Represented

StateCount%
Texas30012.55
California2108.78
Florida1948.11
Georgia1084.52
Ohio1074.48
New York913.81
Illinois803.35
Pennsylvania793.30
Michigan783.26
North Carolina702.93

Table 3: Lowest Frequency US States

StateCount%
Montana110.46
Maine100.42
Wyoming100.42
District of Columbia90.38
Hawaii70.29
North Dakota60.25
Rhode Island60.25
South Dakota60.25
West Virginia60.25
New Hampshire40.17 

Ethnicity

Table 4: Ethnicities Represented, n=3256

What is your ethnic background?Count%
White/Caucasian153247.05
Black/African/African American54116.62
Hispanic/Latina44513.67
Mixed Race35210.81
Far East Asian1414.33
Asian Indian1233.78
Middle Eastern/Arab491.50
Pacific Islander371.14

Religion

Table 5: Religions, n=3,256

What is your religion?Count%
Christian159348.93
Not Religious/Not Spiritual79924.54
Spiritual/New Age1925.90
Agnostic1715.25
Other1614.94
Atheist1384.24
Muslim641.97
Buddhist371.14
Jewish22.68
Mormon19.58

Dating and Marital Status

Marital Status

Table 6: Marital Status, n=3256

What is your marital status?Count%
Single (never married)249276.54
Married40512.44
Divorced1895.80
Separated1504.61
Widowed20.61

Dating Status

Table 7: Dating Status

What is your relationship/dating status?Count%
In a Monogamous Relationship1,09333.57
Single (not dating)79424.39
Dating (but nothing serious)53116.31
It's Complicated!51415.79
Engaged2437.46
In an Open Relationship812.49

Relationship with Man

What is your relationship to the man who got you pregnant?n%
He is my boyfriend1,21837.53
He is an ex-boyfriend or ex-husband51215.78
He is a friend37411.53
He was an acquaintance36511.25
He is my husband34510.63
He is my fiancé2206.78
He was a stranger1725.30
He is a blood relative200.62
He is a non-blood family member190.59
Total3,245100.00

Children

How many children do you have?Count%
02,00261.49
156017.2
238911.95
31875.74
4732.24
5320.98
670.21
720.06
820.06
900
10+20.06

Nature of Sexual Contact

Consent

Was the sex consensual?Count%
I consented to of some but not all of it42313.04
No, it was not consensual37211.46
Yes, it was consensual245075.50

Pressure

Were you pressured to have sex through threats or intimidation?Count%
No281686.49
Yes44013.51

Drugs

At the time of conception were you drugged against your will?Count%
I’m Not sure2658.13
No2,88988.72
Yes1023.13
Total3,256100.00

 

Were you, by your own choice, under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of conception?Count%
No2,88988.72
Yes1023.13
Total3,256100.00

 

Which drugs were you using at the time of conception? (check as many as apply)Count%/Drugs used
Alcohol84261.46
Marijuana32023.36
Ecstasy271.97
LSD40.29
Cocaine251.82
Methamphetamine 251.82
Heroin40.29
Prescription Medications for Recreational Use1238.98
Total1370100

Violence

Were you beaten or subject to physical violence?Count%
No2,49276.80
Yes75323.20
Total3,245100.00

Gang-Rape

Was there more than one person participating? Gang rape?Count%
No3,20898.53
Yes481.47
Total3,256100.00

Contraception Use

Did you use ANY form of birth control? If so, which methods did you use? Check as many as applyCount%/Total Sample (n=3256)
Male Condom245075.25
I did not use birth control125238.45
Withdrawal Method66120.30
Birth Control Pill, Patch or Ring41712.81
Morning After Pill (Plan B)2076.36
Natural Method (Rhythm Method)1935.93
Douche (I washed myself afterwards)1183.62
Spermicide, Contraceptive Sponge or film481.47
Depo Provera431.32
IUD20.61
Male Stated Vasectomy12.37
Female Condom, Diaphragm, or Cervical Cap9.28
Tubal Ligation6.18
Reasons for Refraining from Birth Control UseCount%/Total Sample (n=3256)
I hoped I would not get pregnant44713.73
I thought he was infertile932.86
I was told by my doctor I couldn’t get pregnant742.27
I was breastfeeding so I did not think I could get pregnant511.57
I was sexually intimate with someone else411.26 

Support

Male Support

Does the man who got you pregnant support your decision to have a miscarriage?Count%
Missing Data11.34
He does not believe I'm pregnant1063.26
He does not believe the baby is his842.58
He does not know about the pregnancy88127.06
He does not/would not care what I do38111.70
He knows about the pregnancy but does not know I want to have an abortion2417.40
No, he does not support my decision1404.30
Yes, he supports my decision1,41243.37
Total3,256100.00

Does anyone know?

Does anyone know that you are considering aborting the pregnancy?Count%
No2,02062.04
Yes1,23637.96
Total3,256100.00

Consequences of Pregnancy

What personal consequences might you face if you are found to be pregnant? Check as many as applyCount%/Total Sample (n=3256)
Financial hardship, I simply cannot afford to have a child247776.07
Disowned by family (forced to leave home)124838.33
Forced to leave school95229.24
Husband/boyfriend will leave me because they do not want a child2999.81
Beating from my father, brother or other family member2778.50
Forced to marry the man who got me pregnant2547.80
Husband/boyfriend will leave me because the child is not theirs1905.83
Other1113.40
Beating from the man who got me pregnant1013.10
Death at the hands of my father, brother or other family member802.45
Death at the hands of the man who got me pregnant28.08
Forced to undergo female circumcision25.07

Consequences of Abortion

What consequences might you face if you are discovered trying to end your pregnancy? (check as many as apply)Count%/Total Sample (n=3256)
Financial hardship, I simply cannot afford to have a child247776.07
Forced to leave school95229.24
Disowned by family (forced to leave home)124838.33
Forced to marry the man who got me pregnant2547.80
Husband/boyfriend will leave me because they do not want a child2999.81
Husband/boyfriend will leave me because the child is not theirs1905.83
Beating from the man who got me pregnant1013.10
Beating from my father, brother or other family member2778.50
Death at the hands of the man who got me pregnant28.08
Death at the hands of my father, brother or other family member802.45
Forced to undergo female circumcision25.07
Other1113.40

Data Source: Natural Miscarriage Respondent Survey. January 2013 - May 2015

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