Abortion Statistics

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Statistics on abortion are derived from two basic sources.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), up until 2007, was a research division of Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. They still actively seek out statistics from abortion providers nationwide, and publish extensive statistical analyses on their website. These statistical summaries give information on how many abortions there are, who gets them, and why they get them. For a summary, see https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states.

See also Trends in Abortion in the United States, 1973-2008 (Guttmacher Institute - pdf)

The other source of statistics is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), located in Atlanta, Georgia. This institute of the federal government receives from individual states, on a voluntary basis, a report on the statistics regarding abortion in that state. Regular summaries of this information are available to the public on a regular basis -- for example, the report on abortion surveillance, and the report on pregnancy mortality surveillance (pdf format). Because reporting to the CDC is voluntary, their numbers for abortion statistics are lower than those of AGI.

Opinion tracking of the American public about abortion is another area of statistical analysis. The Gallup Organization (www.gallup.com) has conducted an in-depth analysis of American public opinion on abortion and made their summary available to the public.  You can read more polls on abortion and birth control from various sources at www.pollingreport.com/abortion.htm.

Late term abortions are more frequent than reported by the media.

Read the Planned Parenthood 2017-2018 Annual Report


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