Abortions in 2012

bortions in the United States

Total number of abortions in the U.S. 1973-2011: 54.5 million+

234 abortions per 1,000 live births (according to the Centers for Disease Control)
Abortions per year: 1.2 million
Abortions per day: 3,288
Abortions per hour: 137
9 abortions every 4 minutes
1 abortion every 26 seconds

These statistics include only surgical and medical abortions. Because many contraceptive measures are abortifacients (drugs that induce or cause abortions), it is important not to overlook the number of children killed by chemical abortions. Since 1965, an average of 11 million women have used abortifacient methods of birth control in the United States at any given time. Using formulas based on the way the birth control pill works, pharmacy experts project that about 14 million chemical abortions occur in the United States each year, providing a projected total of well in excess of 610 million chemical abortions between 1965 and 2009.

When conducting research on abortion statistics, you may also encounter two different sets of numbers. One set is from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the other is from the Guttmacher Institute, the “independent research arm” of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The Guttmacher Institute totals are actually the more accurate since the Institute conducts private research on abortion providers throughout the country and because not all states are required to report to the CDC. In fact, California and New York, where high numbers of abortions occur, are not included in CDC figures.

Planned Parenthood’s income break-down for 2009-2010 fiscal year

PP clinic income: $320.1 million
PP donations revenue: $223.8 million
PP Government grants and contracts: $487.4 million
Total profit: $18.5 million
Total income: $1.05 billion

2010 Planned Parenthood service numbers

Number of abortions (medical and surgical): 329,445
Total number of abortions per week: 6,335
Adoption referrals: 841
Ratio of adoption referrals to abortions: 1 per 392

2011 PP Annual Survey

Total number of PP clinics: 749
Total number of PP clinics that perform surgical and medical abortions: 322
Total number of affiliates: 82

Other Information

Highest number of PP clinics: 938 in 1995

U.S. Total Females, Age 15-44 (According to 2010 U.S. Census)

Whites: 58.3% (36,399,198)
Blacks: 14.2% (8,897,793)
Hispanic or Latino: 19.0% (11,845,024)
Other: 8.5% (5,303,843)

TOTAL:  62,445,858

U.S. Women Who Obtained Abortions in 2008 (According to Center of Disease Control)
White: 52.4%
Black:  40.2%
Other:  7.4%

TOTAL: 825,564

U.S.Women Fertility Rates (According to the National Center for Health Statistics)

In 1990:   White:  1.85
Black:  2.55
Hispanic:  2.96

In 2010:   White:  1.79
Black:  1.97
Hispanic:  2.35





Last updated July 26, 2012



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