Abortions in Utah remain near historic lows

By Dave Andrusko

utahmapreThe Utah Department of Health is reporting that for 2015 the state’s already very low abortion rate continues to be just over a third of the national average, more evidence the state is strongly pro-life. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing ages defined as 15-44.

The national average, as explained in last week’s CDC report, is 12.5/1,000 women. Utah’s was only 4.6/1,000.

According to the Utah Department of Health Center for Health Data, the total number of abortions in Utah increased slightly from 2014 to 2015–from 2,948 to 3,176.

Just how much things have changed–for the better–is that the abortion rate for 1980 was 11.1/1,000 women. The rate has steadily decreased with occasional exceptions such as 2015, for the last 35 years.

The 2015 numbers include the following breakdown :

• More than two-thirds of the abortions performed involved unmarried women.

• For about 23% of the women it was their second abortion

• About half the women had at least one child previously

• Women 20-29 accounted for 57% of all abortions and had the highest abortion rate. The abortion rate for teens was just 3/1,000.

• “Six in 10 abortions occurred in Salt Lake County — the most urban and most populated county in the state.”