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U.S. Abortion Statistics By Year (1973-Current)

National Right to Life Committee, 2014
National Right to Life Factsheet, January 2014

TOTAL ABORTIONS SINCE 1973:
56,662,169

Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2008, application of CDC decline % for 2009, 2010 to last Guttmacher number with projections of 1,120,775 for 2011-13. GI estimates a possible 3 percent under reporting rate, which is factored into the overall total.       [1/14]

Trend Continues Downward

After reaching 25 percent from a high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of abortions performed annually  in the U.S. appear to have dropped to about 1.1 million a year.

Two independent sources confirm a downward trend: the government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute (GI), which was once a special research affiliate of abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

The CDC ordinarily develops its annual report on the basis of data received from 52 central health agencies (50 states plus New York City and District of Columbia). GI gets its numbers from direct surveys of abortionists conducted every few years.

Because of these different methods of data collection, GI consistently obtains higher counts than the CDC. CDC researchers have admitted it probably undercounts the total because reporting laws vary from state to state and some abortionists may not report or under-report. Increases and decreases for the CDC and GI numbers usually roughly track each other, though, so both sources provide useful information on abortion trends and statistics. The CDC also stopped reporting estimates for some states in 1998, making the discrepancy larger.

Abortions from CA and NH have not been counted by the CDC since 1998, and other states have been missing from the totals during that time frame: OK in 1998, AK from 1998 to 2002, WV in 2003 and 2004, LA in 2005 and 2006, MD in 2007 and 2008. For areas that did report, overall declines were seen from 1998 through 2010. The CDC showed significant declines in goth 2009 and 2010 for 4.6 percent and 3.1 percent respectively.

Guttmacher shows a similar long term decline, but found slightly higher number in 2008 than its previous surveys. These may be due to new chemical aboritons and/or the addition of abortionists missed in previous surveys.

Cumulative abortions since 1973 were generated using GI figures through 2008 and adjusting the most recent number by the percentage declines the CDC found for 2009 and 2010. The 210 number were then used as a projection for 2011 through 2013. Then a 3 percent undercount GI estimates for its own figures was added, yielding the total above. This figure will be adjusted when Guttmacher publsihes new national data.


Reported Annual Abortions - 1973-2006


YEAR
GI CDC
1973 744,600 615,831
1974 898,600 763,476
1975 1,034,200 854,853
1976 1,179,300 988,267
1977 1,316,700 1,079,430
1978 1,409,600 1,157,776
1979 1,497,700 1,251,921
1980 1,553,900 1,297,606
1981 1,577,300 1,300,760
1982 1,573,900 1,303,980
1983 1,575,000 1,268,987
1984 1,577,200 1,333,521
1985 1,588,200 1,328,570
1986 1,574,000 1,328,112
1987 1,559,100 1,353,671
1988 1,590,800 1,371,285
1989 1,566,900 1,396,658
1990 1,608,600 1,429,577
1991 1,556,500 1,388,937
1992 1,528,900 1,359,146
1993 1,495,000 1,330,414
1994 1,423,000 1,267,415
1995 1,359,400 1,210,883
1996 1,360,160 1,225,937
1997 1,335,000 1,186,039
1998 1,319,000 884,273 *
1999 1,314,800 861,789 *
2000 1,313,000 857,475 *
2001 1,291,000 853,485 *
2002 1,269,000 854,122 *
2003 1,250,000 848,163 *
2004 1,222,100 839,226 *
2005 1,206,200 820,151 *
2006 1,242,200 846,181 *
2007 1,209,600   827,609 *
2008 1,212,400 825,564 *
2009 1,156,630 ** 789,116 *
2010 1,120,775 ** 765,651 *
2011-13 1,120,775 ***  
* Excludes NH, CA, and at least one other state
** NRLC extrapoation based on CDC figures
*** NRLC projection for calculation

Updated: January 2014


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