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The Guttmacher Institute released the findings of its abortion patient survey, “Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients, 2008.” The survey showed that the proportion of abortion patients whose incomes were below the federal poverty line increased by nearly 60 percent from 2000 to 2008. In 2008, 42 percent of abortion patients were classified as poor, compared to 27 percent in 2000.

The Guttmacher Institute attributes the increase in poor women obtaining abortions to several factors:

There were few other changes in the profile of women obtaining abortions between 2000 and 2008. Some key facts from the survey:

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