You’ll never guess. From Amanda Marcotte:
It’s the most common outpatient procedure in the country, and yet we write it off as fringe. There’s only 694,000 open heart surgeries a year on average, 600,000 hysterectomies, and 193,000 hip replacements a year—but there’s 1.2 million abortions performed every year. But I’ll bet you could find more people who claim they don’t know anyone personally who’s had an abortion than make the same claim about hysterectomies, heart surgery, or hip replacement. Of course, they do know someone who’s had an abortion, most likely, but she’s mum about it, because of this taboo against speaking about it.
Admittedly, we are a nation of sluts [/snark]. When you realize how common abortion is, it makes the idea that we could ever outlaw it utterly ridiculous. But as long as we shame women into silence over this procedure, abortion will be viewed as an icky thing, not as a routine part of many women’s lives (call this the ‘Saletan’ perspective).