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


TOTAL ABORTIONS SINCE 1973:
60,069,971

Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2014,  with projections of 926,190 for 2015-17. GI has possible undercounts of 3-5 percent, so an additional 3 percent is factored into the overall total. [1/18]

Lowest Levels in Decades

There are two basic courses on abortion incidence in the United States:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes yearly, but relies on voluntary reports from state health departments (and New York City, Washington, D.C.). It has been missing data from California, New Hampshire, and at least one other state since 1998.
  • The Guttmacher Institute (GI) contacts abortion clinics direectly for data but does not survey every year.
  • Because it surveys clinics directly and includes data from all 50 states, most researchers believe Guttmacher's numbers to be more reliable, though Guttmacher still believes there may be as much as a 5 percent undercount in its most recent figures.

Both the CDC and Guttmacher show significant recent drops and even larger drops over the last 25 years.

  • Total abortions dropped 26.2 percent from 1998 to 2014 with the CDC, and fell 42.4 percent from 1990 to 2014 with GI.
  • Total abortions fell below 1 million for the first time in 38 years for Guttmacher when it reported 958,700 for 2013. That dropped further to 926,190 in 2014.
  • The abortion rate for 2014 for GI was 14.6 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age (15-44), half what it was in 1981 (29.3) and the lowest recorded since abortion was legalized in the U.S. in 1973.
  • Guttmacher says there were 18.8 abortions for every 100 pregnancies ending in live birth or abortion in 2014, an abortion ratio lower than any since 1972.
  • Guttmacher says that the number of abortion "providers" has dropped from a high of 2,918 in 1982 to 1,671 in 2014.
  • Most of the reduction in abortions seen between 2008 and 2011 was in facilities performing a thousand or more abortions a year. A loss of 65 more such facilities from 2011 to 2014 was likely a big factor in the overall drop of 132,300 aboritons seen in those three years.

Reported Annual Abortions - 1973-2014


YEAR
GI CDC
1973 744,610 615,831
1974 898,570 763,476
1975 1,034,170 854,853
1976 1,179,300 988,267
1977 1,316,700 1,079,430
1978 1,409,600 1,157,776
1979 1,497,670 1,251,921
1980 1,553,890 1,297,606
1981 1,577,340 1,300,760
1982 1,573,920 1,303,980
1983 1,575,000 1,268,987
1984 1,577,180 1,333,521
1985 1,588,550 1,328,570
1986 1,574,000 1,328,112
1987 1,559,110 1,353,671
1988 1,590,750 1,371,285
1989 1,566,900 1,396,658
1990 1,608,600 1,429,247
1991 1,556,510 1,388,937
1992 1,528,930 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 1,312,990 857,475 *
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 1,209,640   827,609 *
2008 1,212,350 825,564 *
2009 1,151,600 789,116 *
2010 1,102,670 765,651 *
2011 1,058,490 730,322 *
2012 1,011,000 699,202 *
2013 1,058,490 664,435 *
2014    926,190 652,639 *
2015-17    926,190 **  
* Excludes NH, CA, and at least one other state
** NRLC projection for calculation

The full report may be downloaded from the National Right to Life website at:

https://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2018/01/abortion-statistics-united-states-data-trends-2/#.Wl-zmnlG2M8

 

Updated: January 2018


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