Abortion Statistics in Michigan and Nation-wide

Editor’s note. This comes from Right to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate.

CDCabortion3Abortion Statistics for the United States

According to the latest estimates from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.21 million abortions performed during 2008 in the United States.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also monitors abortions in the United States. Since 1997, they have received incomplete results or no abortion statistics from various states including Maryland, California, and New Hampshire. The latest figures from the CDC were 784,507 abortions in 2009.

According to the CDC, at least 44.7% of the women who had abortions in 2009, had obtained an abortion previously in their life. At least 19.5% of women who aborted had at least 2 previous abortions.

In 2009, 35.4% of abortions were performed on African-Americans, who comprise only 13% of the U.S. population.

For further statistics from the CDC, go to www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6108a1.htm?s_cid=ss6108a1_w.

Abortion Statistics for Michigan

A total of 23,230 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2012, which was a 0.59 percent decrease from the total of 23,366 reported in 2011 but a 52.7 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of induced abortions).

In 2012, about 49% of the resident women receiving abortions had no previous induced abortions. In general, from 1985 through 2012, a gradual increase has been observed with the proportion of women reporting two or more induced abortions, going from 14.6 percent in 1985 to 25.3 percent in 2012. The proportion of women who had no previous induced abortion has been generally declining, falling from 59.5 percent in 1985 to 49.0 percent in 2012.

The majority of Michigan residents receiving induced abortions (49.3 percent) were under 25 years of age, while 13.5 percent were less than 20 years old. These are much smaller proportions than the 64.6 and 30.6 percent observed, respectively, in 1985. (See Characteristics of Reported Induced Abortions, 1985 – 2012.)

For further statistics on abortion in Michigan, go to www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/abortion/intro.asp