Monday, November 28, 2005

How many babies survive abortion in the United States?

According to the Confidential Enquiry into Child Health, 50 babies a year survive abortion in Britain. In 2002, there were 1,354 abortions performed after 22 weeks in Britain. That means that around 3.7% of children aborted after 22 weeks survive.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1.4% of U.S. abortions take place at 21 weeks or later. If Britain's baby survival percentage coincides across the Atlantic, then around 673 children survive abortion every year in the United States (1.4% of 1.3 million is 18,200 and 3.7% of 18,200 is 673).

1 comment:

  1. You can't use British numbers, because they tend to do induction abortions, whereas in the US they do extraction abortions. You'd have to look at what percent of abortions after around 22 weeks were induction abortions, then go from there.

    Back when I was at Life Dynamics I eyeballed the situation -- the rate of "failed abortion" according to PP research, and from our lawsuits what percent of women carry to term, then I looked at the later abortions. I forget the exact math, but I calculated that there are about 100,000 young people in the US who have survived a prenatal attempt on their lives.