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.
District of Columbia32.75,82038.00%9711,571
New York29.6119,94033.00%21819,491,339
New Jersey25.844,46030.00%798,922,547
Maryland23.428,14028.00%416,062,917
Florida20.675,99026.00%8621,646,155
California19.5157,35024.00%51239,747,267
Nevada19.410,97023.00%133,087,025
Connecticut19.213,14027.00%593,567,871
Rhode Island173,58025.00%51,056,738
Delaware16.73,01022.00%6975,033
Illinois16.342,27021.00%4012,700,381
Georgia15.733,00020.00%2810,627,767
Michigan15.429,12020.00%2910,020,472
Massachusetts15.321,02023.00%436,939,373
North Carolina15.129,96020.00%3710,497,741
Hawaii143,76017.00%291,416,589
Washington13.719,23018.00%507,666,343
Pennsylvania13.332,03018.00%4212,813,969
Kansas12.97,24016.00%42,910,931
Virginia12.521,08017.00%348,571,946
Vermont12.11,40019.00%9627,180
Colorado12.113,16017.00%365,770,545
Oregon129,33017.00%274,245,901
New Mexico11.74,65015.00%112,096,034
Louisiana10.810,15014.00%54,652,581
Tennessee10.713,88015.00%116,833,793
New Hampshire10.42,54017.00%121,363,852
Ohio10.322,73014.00%1711,718,568
Alaska101,47011.00%8735,720
Arizona9.812,87013.00%127,275,070
Texas9.855,23012.00%4429,087,070
Maine9.52,22015.00%91,342,097
Minnesota9.39,76012.00%115,655,925
Montana9.11,69012.00%51,074,532
North Dakota8.71,26010.00%1760,900
Alabama8.38,02012.00%94,898,246
Arkansas84,59011.00%43,026,412
Iowa7.54,38010.00%133,167,997
Oklahoma75,3309.00%53,948,950
South Carolina6.46,0409.00%75,147,111
Nebraska6.32,2808.00%51,940,919
Indiana6.38,1809.00%116,718,616
West Virginia62,0209.00%51,791,951
Wisconsin5.66,0508.00%75,832,661
Utah4.62,9605.00%63,221,610
Missouri4.45,1306.00%26,147,861
Idaho4.21,3205.00%51,790,182
Kentucky4.13,5306.00%34,484,047
Mississippi3.82,2906.00%22,987,895
South Dakota3.55504.00%2892,631
Wyoming1.11202.00%3572,381