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Abortion Is Down

August 24, 2018


  • Based on available state-level data, approximately 893,000 abortions took place in the United States in 2016—down from approximately 914,000 abortions in 2015.

  • In 2014, an estimated 926,240 abortions took place in the United States—down from 1.06 million in 2011, 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.2 million in 2005, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S (AGI).

  • In 2014, approximately 19% of U.S. pregnancies (excluding spontaneous miscarriages) ended in abortion.1

  • In 2014, unmarried women accounted for 85.5% of all abortions (CDC).

  • Women in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortions in 2014 and had the highest abortion rates (CDC).

  • Among white women, 10% of pregnancies end in abortion. Among black women, 29% of pregnancies end in abortion (CDC).

  • Black women were more than 3.5 times more likely to have an abortion in 2014 than white women (CDC).

  • The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women (NAF).In 2014, 30% of aborting women identified themselves as Protestant and 24% identified themselves as Catholic (AGI).

  • Percentage Reason

    <0.5%   Victim of rape

    3%        Fetal health problems

    4%        Physical health problems

    4%        Would interfere with education or career

    7%        Not mature enough to raise a child

    8%        Don't want to be a single mother

    19%      Done having children

    23%      Can't afford a baby

    25%      Not ready for a child

    6%        Other





















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