Abortion statistics and other data

by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 4 October 2014


Contents


Abortion data summaries and maps

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Global:
Europe:  
United States:
Texas:
Australia:
Canada:
United Kingdom:


Additional abortion analyses


Comments on abortion statistics

Abortion statistics and other data is intended to improve the accessibility of abortion statistics. It is under continuing development. The reader should be aware that abortion statistics are often hard to obtain, and those statistics that are available are frequently inaccurate.

Official abortion statistics are often low due to incomplete reporting. In the United States, for example, not all states mandate such reporting. Even in those states that require or encourage reporting of abortion statistics, this reporting is incomplete (as demonstrated by higher numbers reported to abortion advocacy organizations). From 1988 to 1997, the total number of U.S. abortions reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control was 11.3% lower than the total number reported to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research branch of Planned Parenthood). In 1998 four states discontinued state-level gathering of abortion statistics, contributing to the 25.4% drop in CDC figures from 1997 to 1998.

In contrast, other organizations that provide estimates of abortion statistics may be motivated to inflate the numbers. Currently, the Alan Guttmacher Institute is an important source for estimates of both legal and illegal abortions worldwide. AGI is an extension of an organization engaged in intense political lobbying for the completely unrestrained practice of abortion. High abortion rates are in their political (and financial) interests for a number of reasons. For example, high numbers of illegal abortions are an element of their rationalization for legalized abortion.

Thus, when AGI estimates high rates of illegal abortions in the developing world these estimates bear scrutiny. Many such estimates are based on limited surveys. Some such surveys are limited to urban areas, which are not representative of rural areas. Other studies use compound assumptions to develop a figure for illegal abortions from data on hospitalizations for miscarriages.

Few pro-life organizations conduct their own statistical research, but such groups that make estimates of abortion numbers may also be inclined to accept higher figures as worst-case scenarios.

The following pages also include figures on live births and miscarriages. In many developing nations reporting of live births is incomplete. In all countries data on miscarriages is incomplete and is also subject to varying definitions. Reported miscarriages generally include only those pregnancies of a certain minimum gestation, often 20 weeks.

The country listings below contain some or all of the following columns:

Figures for Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the U.S.S.R., and the Panama Canal Zone end with the last year those countries/territories existed as intact/separate entities. Tables for Soviet successor states include data for the corresponding republics prior to independence; these figures are included in the corresponding U.S.S.R. totals. Data for the Federal Republic of Germany applies to reunited Germany from 1990 onward.

For U.S. states, abortion ratios and percentages are based on abortion figures from different sources with different completeness; the mixed figures are not reliable time series.

Reporting areas used on these pages are de facto statistical reporting areas and should not be assumed to represent recognition of disputed status; see this page for discussion.


Information on sources

List of sources

The above list of sources includes references for all abortion statistics pages below. Most individual pages below include a listing of respective references (the above list includes sources for those pages with source lists under construction).

Review of sources and useful links

U.S. state agency sources of abortion statistics

Available regional-level abortion data


Historical abortion statistics by country


United States: historical abortion statistics by state


United States: county-level abortion data by state


Albania: figures and rates by kraj


Australia: historical abortion statistics by state and territory


Belarus: figures and rates by oblast

Belgium: figures and rates by region

Bulgaria: figures and rates by oblast


Canada: historical abortion statistics by province and territory


P.R. China: figures and rates by region

Croatia: figures and rates by county

Czech Republic: figures and rates by region; figures and rates by district

Denmark: figures and rates by county

Estonia: figures and rates by county

Finland: figures and rates by hospital district

France: figures and rates by region; figures and rates by department

Germany: figures and rates by state

Greenland: figures and rates by municipality

Hungary: figures and rates by county; figures and rates by subregion

Iceland: figures and rates by region


India: figures and rates by state and territory; figures and rates by district

--by districts, selected states:


Ireland: figures and rates by county

Israel: figures and rates by district

Italy: figures and rates by region; figures and rates by province

Japan: figures and rates by prefecture

Kazakhstan: figures and rates by region

Kosovo: figures and rates by municipality

Kyrgyzstan: figures and rates by oblast

Latvia: figures and rates by district

Lithuania: figures and rates by county; figures and rates by municipality

Mayotte: figures and rates by commune

Mexico: figures and rates by state

Moldova: figures and rates by region

Mongolia: figures and rates by region

Netherlands: figures and rates by province

New Zealand: figures and rates by region

Norway: figures and rates by county

Portugal: figures and rates by district

Romania: figures and rates by county

Russia: figures and rates by region

Serbia: figures and rates by region

Slovakia: figures and rates by region; figures and rates by county

Slovenia: figures and rates by region; figures and rates by administrative unit

South Africa: figures and rates by province

Spain: figures and rates by autonomous community; figures and rates by province

Sweden: figures and rates by county; figures and rates by municipality

Switzerland: figures and rates by canton

Tajikistan: figures and rates by region

Ukraine: figures and rates by oblast


United Kingdom: historical abortion statistics by region


Uzbekistan: figures and rates by region

Yugoslavia: rates by successor countries


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