The Top 5 U.S. States with the Least Number of Abortions

  State Total Abortions Abortion Rate Percent Change
1 Wyoming 120 1.1 per 100,000 +30%
2 South Dakota 700 3.9 per 100,000 - 30%
3 North Dakota 1,250 9.5 per 100,000 -14%
4 Vermont 1,370 11.7 per 100,000 -7%
5 Idaho 1,810 5.4 per 100,000 -8%
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 Facts
  1. According to the report "Abortion Incidence and Service Availability In the United States, 2011.", an estimated 30% of U.S. women will have an abortion by age 45,1 and abortion incidence is one indicator of unintended pregnancy. In 2008, 51% of pregnancies were unintended, and 40% of these ended in abortion. (a.)
  2. 41% of women obtaining abortions are white non-Hispanic, 32% are black non-Hispanic, 20% are Hispanic and 7% are of other racial backgrounds. (b.)
  3. According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures for women in the United States. Fewer than 0.5% of women obtaining abortions experience a complication, and the risk of death associated with abortion is about one-tenth that associated with childbirth. (b.)
  4. In 2011, 1.06 million abortions were performed in the United States, down 13% from 1.21 million in 2008. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S. (b.)
  5. Eighteen percent of U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers; those aged 15–17 obtain 6% of all abortions, 18–19-year-olds obtain 11%, and teens younger than 15 obtain 0.4% (b.)
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. Jones, RK, Jerman, J. (2011). "Abortion Incidence and Service Availability In the United States, 2011. Retrieved July, 2014 from: Abortion Incidence and Service Availability In the United States, 2011.
  2. Guttmacher Institute. (2014). Fact Sheet: Induced Abortion in the United States
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Sources:  Guttmacher Institute: Abortion Incidence and Service Availability In the United States, 2011.

List Notes: Abortion rate is per 1,000 women aged 15-44. Note: Numbers of abortions are rounded to the nearest 10. Data is for the year 2011 and is the latest available as of July 2014. Percent change is from the years 2008 to 2011.
U.S. States with the Least Number of Abortions

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