Abortion Rates


(*See Abortion Facts and Statistics)


Abortion statistics are typically based upon the number of "legal" abortions committed per 1,000 women of reproductive age. This rate varies widely by state, with the abortion rate in states like New York typically being ten times the abortion rate in states like Idaho (while other states such as California do not report abortion rates).

Abortion advocates such as Andrew Koppelman have utilized comparisons of states' abortion rates to promote the claim that the religious right increases the abortion rate, and that abortion is decreased by policies such as "more spending on welfare programs, greater access to contraceptives, and universal health care." Dr. Michael J. New analyzes the statistics, concluding that "sexual restraint and greater legal protection for the unborn has been and will continue to be the best strategy for lowering abortion rates."


Abortion Rate Among Black Women Far Exceeds Rate for Other Groups


Abortion Rates Rising Among the Poor


Teen Pregnancy on the Rise, Abortions Too


Teen Birthrates and Abortion Rates


Top Ten States with Highest Teenage Abortion Rates


Pro-Life States Have Lower Abortion Rates