Dating a girl who has had an abortion
But since 2008, the abortion rate has dropped — and some have questioned whether the 30 percent figure is still a valid estimate.
Those are fair questions and are the reason we identify the prevalence of abortion in the story as somewhere between 25 and 30 percent.
And that makes sense; if all your neighbors are talking about crime, or you heard about it a lot on the nightly news, it would be fair to start wondering whether a local crime wave has occurred.
We overestimate things like teen pregnancy, perhaps because there are entire reality shows devoted to the subject.
More interesting, though, is that abortion rights supporters — people in our poll who identify as pro-choice — perceive abortion as dangerous.
(The answer is yes, abortion providers are indeed required to maintain medical licenses.) These misperceptions about dangers and training help set the stage for the most recent wave of abortion restrictions that impose additional health regulations on clinics.That ultimately shapes the way we regulate abortion in the United States and how we judge which restrictions ought to stand.Our misperception of abortion as rare means that we think few women are affected by new abortion laws and regulations, when many are.But 67 percent of pro-choice respondents incorrectly estimated abortion to be riskier or just as risky as giving birth.Abortion tends to happen separately from the rest of the health care system, housed in its own clinics, because doctors and hospitals often don't want to deal with the political backlash and specific regulations that can come with providing that service.