Study Proves That 80% Of Americans Don’t Know Anything About Abortion


If you’ve heard any debate about abortion, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the people who most oppose abortion know the least about it. They’re not alone, though – it turns out that an astounding 80% of Americans aren’t aware of even the most basic facts regarding abortion!

In a study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, it was discovered that 8 out of 10 Americans couldn’t answer the easiest, most straightforward questions about risks, frequency and legality of abortion in the United States. And surprisingly, political parties have little affect on how knowledgeable someone might be – people living in liberal states were just as misinformed as those living in conservative states.

Some of the questions participants of the study were asked were:

  • What percentage of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45?
  • Which has a greater health risk: An abortion in the first three months of pregnancy or giving birth?
  • True/False? Abortion during the first three months of pregnancy is legal in the U.S.
  • True/False? A woman who has an abortion has a greater risk of having breast cancer and mental health issues.

The results were shocking. Out of the 569 people surveyed, only 41% knew that one in three women in the United States will have an abortion by the time she’s 45. Only 31% knew that giving birth is riskier than a first-trimester abortion. A baffling 17% of participants didn’t even know that first-trimester abortions were legal. Additionally, two-thirds of those surveyed believed that abortion was linked to breast cancer, mental health issues and fertility difficulty, which it is not. In short, only 13% of people were knowledgeable about abortion and could answer the majority of the questions correctly.

Researchers believe that these results reveal serious shortcomings in America’s education policy. They stated:

“Men and women making sexual and reproductive health decisions may not be well informed about the relative safety and consequences of their choices, highlighting a need for the provision of better, more comprehensive and evidence-based sexual and reproductive health education.” [source]

These findings also reveal that abortion has been highly targeted by politically charged misinformation campaigns which spew “facts” that are not based on science or medicine. Myths about abortion are politicized to give the public the idea that it is dangerous, unhealthy and immoral.

These misleading abortion campaigns have unfortunately been effective in lying their way into state laws. For example, five states now require women who are seeking abortion to be told about the link between abortion and suicide as well as their increased risk for breast cancer. Both of these claimed risks are absolutely false.

Unfortunately, lawmakers disregard many of the medical professionals who speak out against abortion restrictions. We can only hope that true medical knowledge on the subject of abortion become more accessible and that people are interested in getting their facts straight.