Premium
Premium statistics

Industry-specific and extensively researched technical data (partially from exclusive partnerships).

A paid subscription is required for full access.

Legal abortions per 100 live births in the U.S. 1973-2015

Legal abortions per 100 live births reported in the U.S. from 1973 to 2015 (per 100 live births)*

by John Elflein, last edited Sep 18, 2019
Legal abortions per 100 live births in the U.S. 1973-2015 The rate of legal abortions in the United States has decreased over the last few decades. In 2015, there were around 19 legal abortions per 100 live births, whereas the rate was 34 abortions per 100 live births in the year 1990. States within the U.S. have the right to enact laws that restrict the practice and availability of abortion, meaning that access to such procedures varies significantly depending on the state or region.

Abortion in the U.S.

In 2015, there were a total of 638,000 legal abortions in the United States. Abortion rates in the U.S. are highest among women aged 20 to 24 years and more common among unmarried women than those who are married. In 2015, there were approximately 37 legal abortions per 100 live births among unmarried women compared to four abortions per 100 live births among women who were married.

Public opinion

The issue of abortion has been and remains a divisive topic among the general public and continues to be a relevant political issue. As of May 2019, around 49 percent of the population was estimated to be pro-life, while 46 percent were pro-choice and 2 percent mixed or neither. However, this distribution has fluctuated over the years, with pro-choicers accounting for a larger percentage than pro-lifers as recently as 2017.
Show more

Legal abortions per 100 live births reported in the U.S. from 1973 to 2015 (per 100 live births)*

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account!

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$49 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.
Leading companies trust Statista:
paypalgoogleadobepgsamsungtelekom
Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format
Abortion in the U.S.
Abortion in the U.S.

All Information
in one Presentation

Abortion in the U.S.

Everything On "Abortion in the U.S." in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

I think of Statista as Google for researchers. Statista provides you with the information you search for right away.
Dr. Horst Stipp

Dr. Horst Stipp
EVP, Research & Innovation, Advertising Research Foundation

Statistics on "Abortion in the U.S."
  • Global overview
  • U.S. overview
The most important statistics
  • U.S. states
  • Specifics
  • Adolescent abortion
  • Public opinion
Discover Statista
Need help with using Statista for your research? Tutorials and first steps
Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.
Do you have any questions about our business solutions?

We provide you with detailed information about our Corporate Account.