New Vermont Abortion Statistics for 2018

Editor’s note. The following appeared on Page One of the Summer issue of Vermont Right to Life Review.

The Vermont Department of Health recently made the 2018 abortion statistics public.  In 2018 the total number of abortions reportedly performed in Vermont was 1,204.  Abortions performed on Vermont residents in 2018 were 986, while the other 218 were from out-of-state. Minors under the age of 18 having abortions totaled 41, though there is some question as to whether the clinics ask for identification, and we already know that parents of a minor daughter are not required to be notified.

As anticipated, the statistics reveal a sharp increase in the number of abortions performed in a hospital setting, presumably at the University of Vermont [UVM]Medical Center. In the fall of 2017, the UVM MC dropped their long-standing policy of performing abortions only in limited cases and instead began engaging in offering and performing “elective” abortions – meaning abortions for any reason or no reason, even in the later months of pregnancy contributing to an uptick in the number of abortions performed there.  

For example, in 2015 there were only 33 abortions performed at the hospital. But in 2018, the first full year of the new policy, the hospital reported having performed 122 abortions – an increase of more than 3 times the number of abortions.

Ten abortions in 2018 were performed in a physician’s office. As Planned Parenthood is the only “clinic” provider of abortions in Vermont, their clinics are responsible for the remaining 1,072 abortion deaths.

While most abortions are performed on babies who are under 9 weeks of gestation (874), babies aborted between 9-10 weeks totaled 149. Those aborted between 11-12 weeks totaled 55 babies, and those between 13-21 weeks gestation totaled 126.  

The reports do not include how many babies died at or after 22 weeks gestation.

You can find the annual reports here.