Abortion data just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that the number of reported abortions dipped slightly (2.27 percent) from the previous year. In 2015, 638,169 abortions (down from 652,639 in 2014) were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas excluding California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The abortion rate also decreased from 12.1 in 2014 to 11.8 in 2015.
The CDC estimates that, in 2015, 18% of all pregnancies in the United States ended in induced abortion, according to the most recent national estimates from 2010.
Highlights from the report, published November 23, 2018, are below.
Previous live births/abortions in 2015:
- Women with one or more previous live births accounted for 59.3% of abortions.
- Women with no previous live births accounted for 40.7% of abortions.
- Women with three or more previous births accounted for 14.2% of abortions.
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