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Abortion Statistics

Abortion Statistics for the United States

According to the latest estimates from the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, there were 926,200 abortions performed during 2014 in the United States. That figure is down 42.4 percent from their high in 1990, when an estimated 1.61 million abortions were peformed. From 1973 to 2014 the Guttmacher Institute has estimated a total of 55,542,000 abortions.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also monitors abortions in the United States. Since 1997 they have received incomplete results or no abortion statistics from various states including Maryland, California, and New Hampshire. The latest figures from the CDC were 664,435 abortions in 2013. A total of 43,361,081 abortions have been reported to the CDC from 1973 to 2013. Using the Guttmacher Institute numbers, we estimate there have been more than 58 million abortions in the United States from 1973 to 2017.

According to the CDC, 45 percent of the women who had abortions in 2013 had obtained an abortion previously in their life. At least 20 percent of women who aborted had two or more previous abortions. In 2013, 35.6 percent of abortions were performed on non-Hispanic Black women. Only 12.6 percent of the U.S. population is non-Hispanic Black according to the 2010 census.

These are the numbers. This is what 58,000,000 abortions sound like.

Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions published a study in 2005 titled "Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives" from 1,160 surveys from various clinics. The summary of the report states:

"The reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman's education, work or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48%). Nearly four in 10 women said they had completed their childbearing, and almost one-third were not ready to have a child. Fewer thsurvetan 1% said their parents' or partners' desire for them to have an abortion was the most important reason. Younger women often reported that they were unprepared for the transition to motherhood, while older women regularly cited their responsibility to dependents. The decision to have an abortion is typically motivated by multiple, diverse and interrelated reasons. The themes of responsibility to others and resource limitations, such as financial constraints and lack of partner support, recurred throughout the study."

In January 2019 Mercer published a study titled "The Pressure is on to Modernize Time-off Benefits: 6 Survey Findings." The survey findings indicate from 2015 to 2019 companies are offering various forms of medical leave have increased which may help reduce the financial impact of a pregnancy. A growing economy with a fixed labor pool requires employers to compete for employees. Labor rates and benefits are usually the selling point.

12 Fast Facts About Abortion In Michigan

MLIVE published a report titled "12 Fast Facts About Abortion in Michigan" in September 2019. The report provides data through 2018. The report also has the ability to lookup data for each county in Michigan. You may want to add this to your Favorites.


Another Michigan summary was published by the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Facts About Abortion: U.S. Abortion Statistics (Abort73) has a report summarizing age of mother, reason for abortion, race, abortions by trimester and abortions by procedure for the United States. It's a great overall summary of abortion topics. You may want to add this to your Favorites.

Abortion (JustFacts)

JustFacts conducts extensive research on 23 issues such as immigration, climate change, constitution and abortion. All their analyses contain footnotes and sources. The abortion study, if printed, would total 260+ pages. Updates are made on all issues as necessary. You may want to add this to your Favorites.

Abortion Statistics from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

A total of 26,395 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2016, which was a 2.8 percent decrease from the total of 27,151 reported in 2015 and a 46.2 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of induced abortions. Michigan residents received 96 percent of the induced abortions that occurred in Michigan in 2016. This proportion is similar to that which was observed in previous years.

In 2016, about 51% of the resident women receiving abortions had no previous induced abortions. In general, from 1985 through 2016, a gradual increase has been observed with the proportion of women reporting two or more induced abortions, going from 14.6 percent in 1985 to 23 percent in 2016. The proportion of women who had no previous induced abortion has generally declined, falling from 59.5 percent in 1985 to 51.1 percent in 2016.

The majority of Michigan residents receiving induced abortions (41.3 percent) were under 25 years of age, while 9.5 percent were less than 20 years old. These are much smaller proportions than the 64.6 and 30.6 percent observed, respectively, in 1985.

Source: Right to Life of Michigan

Abortion Statistics for Mecosta and Osceola Counties

From 2006 through 2017 there were 594 abortions in Mecosta County averaging 50 per year with a maximum of 64 in 2015 and a minimum of 32 in 2012. In Osceola County there were 249 abortions averaging 21 per year with a maximum of 31 in 2008 and a minimum of 12 in 2017, For the same period the Michigan numbers were 292,991 and an average of 24,416 per year.

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