US Abortion figures down but still high

Abortions in the US fell 5% in 2009 according to the Abortion Surveillance Report released Nov 21 by US Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 784,507 abortions in the US although not all states report abortion statistics. For example, California has an estimated 200,000 abortions a year but does not report. The abortion rate was 15.1 abortions per 1000 woman aged 15-44 and the abortion ratio was 227 abortions to 1000 live births. In 1990 there were 1.6m abortions in the US. By comparison, the Netherlands, with one of the lowest abortion rates in the Western World had 8.7 abortions per 1000 woman (30,984  abortions in 2010) and the abortion rate was 167.6 abortions to 1000 live births (2010 figures). In Australia, it is estimated by Family Planning Queensland, that there are more abortions than live births.

For US report click here.

For analysis by CitizenLink, a Focus on the Family Affiliate on the US report click here.

POSTED 6 Dec 2012