The abortion debate is more complex than you think

Updated 10:44 AM ET, Mon June 27, 2016

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(CNN)Abortion will always be one of those hotly debated and emotional issues. But if you think you have a good handle on the state of abortion in the U.S., you may be surprised by some of these stats:

Abortions are not on the rise.

Though the abortion debate is a very visible part of the American landscape, the number of abortions in the U.S. have been generally declining since the 1990s.

Women who get abortions aren't who you think they are.

Far too often, the objection to abortion is presented as a religious one. But according to one survey, 62% of women who had abortions listed a religious affiliation.

There's also no clear racial divide.

No race makes up a majority of reported abortion patients. White women make up the largest group, while black and Hispanic women make up roughly a quarter each of the total count.

Most women who have had an abortion are already mothers.

While the majority of women who had abortions in 2012 were unmarried -- 85% -- the CDC's reporting shows most women who have an abortion have already had at least one child. And 14% of women who had an abort