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Share of women obtaining abortions who had tried self-induced abortion U.S 2008-2014

This statistic shows the distribution of women who obtained abortions in nonhospital settings in 2008 and 2014 who reported ever having attempted to self-induce an abortion with misoprostol or other substances. It was found that 1.3 percent of women who received an abortion in 2014 reported attempting to self-induce an abortion using misoprostol at some point in their lives.

Distribution of women in the U.S. who obtained an abortion who had at some time attempted to self-induce an abortion in 2008 and 2014*

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Release date

May 2016


United States

Survey time period

2008 and 2014

Number of respondents

8,380 respondents

Special properties

Women obtaining abortions at 87 facilities

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* Percentage of women obtaining abortions in nonhospital settings.

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