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Answering the most common questions: Who gets abortions, how many, and why?

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Live Action and Live Action News frequently receive questions about the abortion issue. One of the most common is about how the United States track statistics on abortion — who’s getting them, how many they’re getting, and why they’re getting them. Below is information to help answer some of those questions.

How abortion data is collected: 

There are two national groups that collect data on abortion, and there are a number of differences in the two reporting agencies.

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collects information the states provide, but due to a wide variety of state requirements on abortions, CDC fails to report abortion numbers for a number of states. In 2015, the CDC reported a total of 638,169 total abortions. Live Action News’ analysis of those numbers is here.
  • Guttmacher numbers are more comprehensive since they gather their information from a number of contacts directly with abortion providers. In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reported a total of 862,320 abortions. Live Action News’ analysis of those numbers is here.

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Abortion stats in USA race gestation reason

Abortions by race:

  • As of September 2019, the most current data on abortions by race from Guttmacher is from 2014 and is limited to only the percentage of abortions. Read our analysis here.
  • As of September 2019, the CDC’s most current numbers for race/ethnicity are from 2015 but only include 30 reporting areas. Read our analysis here.
  • Planned Parenthood committed nearly 40% of all abortions in 2017. But they don’t break down their abortion numbers by race.

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The reasons given for abortion:

Not all states report abortion data, and only a few states require “reasons” to be given; therefore, this data is extremely limited.

  • To date, Live Action News has not reviewed the most recent state reports on abortions for “reasons.” Our most recent analysis was conducted in 2018 and some of these numbers have since been updated. Read it here.
  • Our friends over at the Charlotte Lozier Institute regularly analyze state reports on abortion as they are published and you can scroll through those reports by state here.

Abortion data by gestation (late-term abortion): 

Guttmacher’s latest report (2017) specifies that two-thirds of abortions took place at eight weeks or earlier, and the graph below (2016) gives us some indication on the numbers of later abortions. Using Guttmacher’s reported abortion numbers for 2017, we discover that over 100,000 (100,891) abortions took place in the second trimester or later.

  • 8 weeks or less (65.4%) – 563,957 abortions
  • 9-10 weeks (14.7%) – 126,761 abortions
  • 11-12 weeks (8.2%) – 70,710 abortions
  • 13-15 weeks (6.3%) – 54,326 abortions
  • 16-20 weeks (4.1%) – 35,355 abortions
  • At or greater than 21 weeks (1.3%) – 11,210 abortions

Image: Guttmacher 2016 abortion by trimester (Graph: Guttmacher Institute)

Guttmacher 2016 abortion by trimester (Graph: Guttmacher Institute)

For more on this topic, click here.

What about Roe v. Wade? Does it really permit abortions in all months of pregnancy?

  • On the federal level, Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, have made it clear that abortions in all months of pregnancy for “health reasons” are legal.
  • “Health” is an ambiguous term which may include a host of reasons, including familial, financial, and emotional health.
  • Live Action News previously reported, “As defined by the Supreme Court’s rulings in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, “health” can mean “physical, emotional, psychological, familial”…. These provisions—which are rarely mentioned by media outlets—provide broad leeway to perform abortions in practically every case….”

The “health exception”:

  • The abortion industry has admitted that abortion later in pregnancy is frequently committed on healthy babies.
  • In 2008, during the Feminist Majority Foundation’s annual Women’s Leadership Conferencelate-term abortionist George Tiller conceded that late abortions are legal under the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions: “[…W]e are able to use the wide definition and the full implementation of Roe v Wade decision which allows us to do post viability terminations of pregnancy. When read appropriately, the Roe versus Wade decision and the Bolton decisions says that, ‘A physician may use his judgement in determining all factors of a woman’s health, physical health, mental health, emotional health, family health, age of the patient, safety and well being.’ That’s the definition in the Roe v. Wade and the Bolton decision… The Bolton decision goes onto say that they understand that this allows wide latitude for the women…” Tiller later admitted that he had done abortions “up to the day before delivery.”
  • Late-term abortionist Warren Hern, author of “the nation’s most widely used textbook on abortion standards and procedures,” declared, “I say every pregnancy carries a risk of death,” and “I will certify that any pregnancy is a threat to a woman’s life and could cause grievous injury to her physical health.” (Source: Live Action News)
  • A teaching module published by an abortion training program at the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health reveals that physical health is almost never given as a reason for why a woman aborts after the first trimester.
  • Live Action News previously documented that, according to recently unearthed testimony from a 2015 court case, Planned Parenthood considers all abortions “medically necessary.”
  • The media knows that late abortions are often committed on healthy babies. All too often instead of reporting the facts, the media chooses to publish the abortion lobby’s talking points, as documented during the debate over so-called partial birth abortion.

Which states restrict whether minors can obtain abortions?

  • Parental consent and/or notification is legislated at the state level.
  • To locate state laws, inquire with local pro-life groups or research the statutes in each state.
  • Guttmacher Institute publishes a general review of state statutes here.

What are the abortion laws in your state?

  • A number of states are expanding abortion through Reproductive Health Acts, and Live Action News has previously covered many of these changes.
  • In addition, Guttmacher, the former research arm and “special affiliate” of Planned Parenthood, publishes an overview of state abortion laws on a fairly regular basis. The most recent report is here.

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Over half of Planned Parenthood’s non-government revenue still comes from abortion

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Planned Parenthood’s estimated abortion revenue totaled more than half (52%) of the organization’s non-government health services revenue, reaching nearly $200 million ($190.3) for the second year in a row, according to an analysis conducted by Live Action News.

The stunning numbers confirm what Planned Parenthood’s new president Dr. Leana Wen claimed when she identified abortion as Planned Parenthood’s “core mission.” As Live Action News previously documented, in 2017, although Planned Parenthood claimed abortion made up just 3.4 percent of its services, the abortion vendor was able to increase abortions nearly four percent (3.54%), from 321,384 in 2016 to 332,757 in 2017, the highest number committed by the corporation since 2011.

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To calculate the latest data, Live Action News used the same methodology utilized in 2016: examining revenue and median abortion costs and comparing them against reported abortion totals in Planned Parenthood’s 2017-2018 annual report, in which the organization reported committing 332,757 abortions.

1. Average cost of abortions 

Planned Parenthood’s website notes the cost of a surgical abortion:

An abortion in the first trimester can cost up to $1,500, but it’s often less. The price of an abortion depends on where you get it (hospitals are often more expensive), and whether or not you have health insurance that will cover some or all of the cost. The cost also varies based on how long you’ve been pregnant — a second-trimester abortion usually costs more.

It also says this about the cost of a medication abortion:

The abortion pill can cost up to around $1000, but is often less. The cost of a medication abortion varies and depends on where you get it and whether or not you have health insurance that will cover some or all of the cost.

However, this year, Live Action News was able to locate more specific pricing at Planned Parenthood’s website.

Early Abortion/ Medication Abortion Pill

  • Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate” the Guttmacher Institute, reports that the average amount paid for an abortion in a nonhospital setting at 10 weeks’ gestation and with local anesthesia was $508, in 2014. The average paid for an early medication abortion (up to 9 weeks’ gestation) was $535.
  • However, at Planned Parenthood, the cost of medication abortion in Indiana or Kentucky is $600, while in Kansas it ranges from $650-$700 and $700- $815, and in California Planned Parenthood charges $600- $750.

For our measurement, we will use $508 for early surgical abortions and $600 for medication abortions.

Here’s what a medication abortion entails, according to former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino:

 

In-Clinic Surgical Abortion

  • 13 – 13.6 weeks $625
  • 14 – 14.6 weeks $650
  • 15 – 15.6 weeks $800
  • 16 – 16.6 weeks $825
  • 17 – 17.6 weeks $950
  • 18 – 18.6 weeks $1000
  • 19 – 19.6 weeks $1100

For our measurement, we will average Planned Parenthood’s Ohio abortion prices and use the $1,195 price for abortions past 21 weeks, although they are likely higher.

READ: Half of Planned Parenthood’s non-government revenue comes from abortion

Abortions in the second trimester are often called dismemberment abortions as described in the video below:

 

2. Number of abortions by trimester

Live Action News broke down the 332,757 Planned Parenthood abortion numbers as follows:

  • Medication abortions: 103,155 (31 percent per Guttmacher’s most recent abortion data)
  • Abortions 13-15 weeks 20,631 (6.2 percent per Guttmacher 2014.)
  • Abortions 16-20 weeks 12,645 (3.8 percent per Guttmacher 2014.)
  • Abortions 21 weeks and greater 4,326 (1.3 percent per Guttmacher 2014.)
  • First trimester surgical abortions: 192,000 — the remaining balance of abortions.

3. Estimated abortion revenue: $190,274,370

To determine Planned Parenthood’s estimated abortion revenue, Live Action News multiplied the number of abortions by trimester with the average cost of abortions, as follows:

  • Medication abortions: 103,155 (31%)  x $600 = $61,893,000
  • Surgical abortions (first trimester): 192,000 (balance) x $508 = $97,536,000
  • Surgical abortions (13-15 weeks): 20,631 (6.2%)  x $650= $13,410,150
  • Surgical abortions (16-20 weeks): 12,645 (3.8%)  x $970= $12,265,650
  • Abortions after 21 weeks: 4,326 (1.3%) x $1,195 = $5,169,570

Total estimated abortion revenue using these figures is $190,274,370

Percentage of abortion revenue

We then broke down the percentage of abortion revenue using figures from a revenue statement located in Planned Parenthood’s 2017-2018 annual report.

Planned Parenthood 2017 to 2018 annual report Revenue

Note that there are two sources of revenue for “health services,” which include:

  • Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants (taxpayer dollars) – $563.8 million
  • Non-Government Health Services Revenue – $365.7 million

Percentage of non-government health services revenue: 52%

If we divide Planned Parenthood’s estimated abortion revenue ($190,274,370)  by the total non-government health center revenue of $365,700,000, we find that abortion makes up 52 percent of Planned Parenthood’s non-government health services revenue.

Percentage of non-government health services plus tax dollar revenue: nearly 20.5%

However, even if we include the $563.8 million in government dollars with the $365.7 ($929,500,000 million), abortion revenue can be estimated at 20.5 percent of all Planned Parenthood’s health services revenue.

Percentage of all Planned Parenthood revenue: 11.4%

Then, if we include all revenue sources ($1,665,100,000), abortion revenue would exceed an estimated 11.4 percent.

According to our calculations, over the past few years, estimated abortion revenue has steadily risen at the abortion corporation:

    • 2017: Estimated abortion revenue: $190,274,370
    • 2016: Estimated abortion revenue:  $177,631,103
    • 2015: Estimated abortion revenue:  $164,404,332

Between 2016 and 2017 government funding to Planned Parenthood (over half a billion dollars annually) rose nearly four percent (3.69%) even though the abortion vendor has been embroiled in numerous scandals, abuses and fraud, including covering up for child sexual predators as well as disgruntled employees, claiming a toxic work environment and pregnancy discrimination.

With increasing abortions generating millions in revenue for Planned Parenthood (while national abortion totals decrease) is it any wonder why actual health services like cancer screenings and well women exams at Planned Parenthood have decreased? Planned Parenthood has vowed in 2019 to focus even more on their abortion “cash cow,” and if radical amendments such as the Equality Act or Medicare for All are passed, we can expect those numbers to skyrocket even more.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.