Abortion rate in the U.S. in 2017, by state

As of 2017, the states with the highest rates of abortion included New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Florida. As of that time, there were around 26 abortions per 1,000 women in the state of New York. The overall rate of legal abortions in the United States has gradually decreased since the mid-1980s.

Facilities providing abortions

Unsurprisingly, New York is also one of the states with the highest number of abortion-providing facilities in the U.S., with just over 250 such facilities. In recent years, many states have seen a decrease in the number of clinics that provide abortions. The largest decrease was seen in the state of Texas, where there were 46 such clinics in 2011 and just 21 in 2017.

Public opinion

Public opinion in the United States on the topic of abortion has fluctuated over the years. However, a survey from 2019 found that 49 percent of U.S. adults stated they were Pro-life, while 46 percent identified as Pro-choice. The same survey found that younger people were more likely to support abortion than the older generations.

Number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years in the U.S. in 2017, by state

Number of abortions per 1,000 women
District of Columbia30.2
New York26.3
New Jersey26.3
Maryland25
Florida18.6
Connecticut17.7
Georgia16.9
Rhode Island16.7
Illinois16.6
California16.4
Nevada16.4
North Carolina14.6
Michigan14.2
U.S. total13.5
Massachusetts13.5
Pennsylvania13.1
Kansas12.2
Washington12.1
Hawaii12
Oregon11.9
New Mexico11.7
Vermont11.4
Colorado10.9
Louisiana10.6
Delaware10.5
Virginia10.2
Minnesota10.1
Ohio9.4
Texas9.4
Arizona9.2
Tennessee9.2
New Hampshire9.2
Maine8.8
Alaska8.6
Montana8.3
North Dakota7.9
Alabama6.4
Iowa6.3
Oklahoma6.2
Indiana5.9
Wisconsin5.9
Arkansas5.5
Nebraska5.5
South Carolina5.3
West Virginia4.4
Utah4.4
Mississippi4.3
Missouri4
Idaho3.9
Kentucky3.8
South Dakota3.1
Wyoming1.3
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

January 2018 to March 2019

Age group

15-44 years

Special properties

Abortion providing facilities

Method of interview

Questionnaire and personal interview

Supplementary notes

Census Bureau data on the population of women aged 15–44 on July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, were used as denominators for calculating abortion rates for the entire United States and for each state and the District of Columbia.

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