Abortion Rates By State 2019

Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus. Abortions can be performed surgically or by medication.

The Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade states that governments cannot regulate a woman’s decision to have an abortion before the viability of the fetus. After viability, no government can impose a regulation that favors a fetus’s life over the mother’s. Even with this decision, abortion has caused nationwide controversy and has divided people into pro-life or pro-choice camps.

Recently, some states have been proposing legislation to further restrict abortions earlier than fetus viability. States have recently introduced the “heartbeat” bill, which prohibits abortions have six weeks of pregnancy or when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

With such controversy over the procedure, one might not realize how frequently abortions happen. According to 2014 data from the Guttmacher Institute, there were a total of 926,240 abortions in the United States.

Abortion rate is calculated as the number of abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44 years old. The ten states with the highest abortion rates were:

  1. District of Columbia (32.7)
  2. New York (29.6)
  3. New Jersey (25.8)
  4. Maryland (23.4)
  5. Florida (20.6)
  6. California (19.5)
  7. Nevada (19.4)
  8. Connecticut (19.2)
  9. Rhode Island (17)
  10. Delaware (16.7)

The District of Columbia has the highest abortion rate of 32.7. The District of Columbia had a total of 5,820 abortions in 2014, about 38% of total pregnancies. The highest number of abortions in any state was 157,350 in California.

Wyoming has the lowest abortion rate of 1.1. Wyoming only had a total of 120 abortions in 2014, about 2% of total pregnancies.

* The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
State Abortion Rate Total Abortions % of Pregnancies Aborted Abortion Facilities 2019 Pop.
Wyoming1.11202.00%3572,381
South Dakota3.55504.00%2892,631
Mississippi3.82,2906.00%22,987,895
Kentucky4.13,5306.00%34,484,047
Idaho4.21,3205.00%51,790,182
Missouri4.45,1306.00%26,147,861
Utah4.62,9605.00%63,221,610
Wisconsin5.66,0508.00%75,832,661
West Virginia62,0209.00%51,791,951
Indiana6.38,1809.00%116,718,616
Nebraska6.32,2808.00%51,940,919
South Carolina6.46,0409.00%75,147,111
Oklahoma75,3309.00%53,948,950
Iowa7.54,38010.00%133,167,997
Arkansas84,59011.00%43,026,412
Alabama8.38,02012.00%94,898,246
North Dakota8.71,26010.00%1760,900
Montana9.11,69012.00%51,074,532
Minnesota9.39,76012.00%115,655,925
Maine9.52,22015.00%91,342,097
Arizona9.812,87013.00%127,275,070
Texas9.855,23012.00%4429,087,070
Alaska101,47011.00%8735,720
Ohio10.322,73014.00%1711,718,568
New Hampshire10.42,54017.00%121,363,852
Tennessee10.713,88015.00%116,833,793
Louisiana10.810,15014.00%54,652,581
New Mexico11.74,65015.00%112,096,034
Oregon129,33017.00%274,245,901
Colorado12.113,16017.00%365,770,545
Vermont12.11,40019.00%9627,180
Virginia12.521,08017.00%348,571,946
Kansas12.97,24016.00%42,910,931
Pennsylvania13.332,03018.00%4212,813,969
Washington13.719,23018.00%507,666,343
Hawaii143,76017.00%291,416,589
North Carolina15.129,96020.00%3710,497,741
Massachusetts15.321,02023.00%436,939,373
Michigan15.429,12020.00%2910,020,472
Georgia15.733,00020.00%2810,627,767
Illinois16.342,27021.00%4012,700,381
Delaware16.73,01022.00%6975,033
Rhode Island173,58025.00%51,056,738
Connecticut19.213,14027.00%593,567,871
Nevada19.410,97023.00%133,087,025
California19.5157,35024.00%51239,747,267
Florida20.675,99026.00%8621,646,155
Maryland23.428,14028.00%416,062,917
New Jersey25.844,46030.00%798,922,547
New York29.6119,94033.00%21819,491,339