Sunday, September 23, 2012

Abortions: Numbers Too Big to Ignore

ABORTIONS…United States Data and Trends

The Consequences of Roe v. Wade

Total abortions since 1973…54,559,615
 

Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2008, with estimates of 1,212,400 for 2009-2011. GI estimates a possible 3% under reporting rate, which is factored into the total.

Reported Annual Abortions 1973 - 2008

YEAR          GI Number              CDC Number

1973            744,600                  615,831

1974             898,600                 763,476

1975            1,034,200               854,853

1976            1,179,300               988,267

1977            1,316,700               1,079,430

1978            1,409,600               1,157,776

1979            1,497,700               1,251,921

1980            1,553,900               1,297,606

1981            1,577,300               1,300,760

1982            1,573,900               1,303,980

1983            1,575,000               1,268,987

1984            1,577,200               1,333,521

1985            1,588,600               1,328,570

1986            1,574,000               1,328,112

1987            1,559,100               1,353,671

1988            1,590,800               1,371,285

1989            1,566,900               1,396,658

1990            1,608,600               1,429,247

1991            1,556,500               1,388,937

1992            1,528,900               1,359,146

1993            1,495,000               1,330,414

1994            1,423,000               1,267,415

1995            1,359,400               1,210,883

1996            1,360,200               1,225,937

1997            1,335,000               1,186,039

1998            1,319,000               884,273*

1999            1,314,800               861,789*

2000            1,313,000               857,475*

2001            1,291,000               853,485*

2002            1,269,000               854,122*

2003            1,250,000               848,163*

2004            1,222,100               839,226*

2005            1,206,200               820,151*

2006            1,242,200               846,181*

2007            1,209,600               827,609*

2008            1,212,400               825,564*

2009-11        1,212,400 §

 

§ NRLC base figure

*excludes NH, CA, and at least one other state

Abortions Level Off After Decline

After dropping 25% from a high of over 1.6 million in 1990, the number of abortions performed annually in the U.S. has leveled off at about 1.2 million a year. Two independent sources confirm this latest trend: the government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute (GI), which was once a special research affiliate of abortion chain Planned Parenthood. The CDC ordinarily develops its annual report on the basis of data received from 52 central health agencies (50 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia).GI gets its numbers from direct surveys of abortionists conducted every few years. Because of these different methods of data collection, GI has consistently obtained higher counts than the CDC. CDC researchers have admitted it probably undercounts the total number of abortions because reporting laws vary from state to state and some abortionists probably do not report or under-report the abortions they perform. Nevertheless, because increases and decreases in CDC and GI numbers have usually roughly tracked each other, both sources are thought to provide useful information on abortion trends and statistics. The CDC stopped reporting estimates for some states in 1998, though, making the discrepancy larger. Abortions from CA and NH have not been counted by the CDC since 1998, and other states have been missing from the totals during that time frame: OK in 1998, AK from 1998 to 2002, WV in 2003 and 2004, LA in 2005 and 2006, MD in 2007 and 2008. For areas that did report, overall declines were seen from 1998 through 2008, though totals ticked up again in 2006.

GI’s latest survey found slightly higher numbers in 2008, but these may be due to the addition of abortionists missed in previous surveys. Increasing numbers of chemical abortions have also helped arrest previous declines.

Using GI figures through 2008, estimating 1,212,400 abortions for 2009 through 2011, and factoring in the possible 3% undercount GI estimates for its own figures, the total number of abortions performed in the U.S. since 1973 equals 54,559,615.

http://www.nrlc.org/Factsheets/FS03_AbortionInTheUS.pdf