December 7th, 2009
05:36 PM ET

Raw Data: Abortion in the U.S., by age and state

Number, rate, and ratio of abortions performed, by year - selected states, United States, 1996–2006

Centers for Disease Control

Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, New York City, and the District of Columbia); these data are provided to CDC voluntarily. In 2006, data were received from 49 reporting areas. For the purpose of trend analysis, data were evaluated from the 46 areas that reported data every year during 1996–2006.

For 2006, a total of 846,181 abortions were reported to CDC. Among the 46 areas that provided data consistently during 1996–2006, a total of 835,134 abortions (98.7% of the total) were reported; the abortion rate was 16.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 236 abortions per 1,000 live births. During the previous decade (1997–2006), reported abortion numbers, rates, and ratios decreased 5.7%, 8.8%, and 14.8%, respectively; most of these declines occurred before 2001. During the previous year (2005–2006), the total number of abortions increased 3.1%, and the abortion rate increased 3.2%; the abortion ratio was stable.

In 2006, as during the previous decade (1997–2006), women aged 20–29 years accounted for the majority (56.8%) of abortions and had the highest abortion rates (29.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 years and 22.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 25–29 years); by contrast, abortion ratios were highest at the extremes of reproductive age. Adolescents aged 15–19 years accounted for 16.5% of all abortions in 2006

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  1. Jean

    I'd be interested in data displayed by state.

    December 8, 2009 at 2:47 am |
  2. Lori

    Thanks so much for actually being honest and strong enough to go into a Clinic where the destruction of babies takes place.
    If you could stand it ... could you go one step further ... and take us through what happens in Partial Birth Abortion.
    If you see or understand anything about this terrible procedure; your life will be changed.
    Blessings on your head

    December 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  3. Tim Gibson

    Out of all these numbers and ratio comparisons, how many of these abortions were due to health related issues as compared to abortions performed to terminate an unplanned childbirth?

    December 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm |