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CDC: Number of abortions in U.S. drop to historic low

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Abortion data just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that the number of reported abortions dipped slightly (2.27 percent) from the previous year. In 2015, 638,169 abortions (down from 652,639 in 2014) were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas excluding California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The abortion rate also decreased from 12.1 in 2014 to 11.8 in 2015.

The CDC estimates that, in 2015, 18% of all pregnancies in the United States ended in induced abortion, according to the most recent national estimates from 2010.

Highlights from the report, published November 23, 2018, are below.

Previous live births/abortions in 2015:

  • Women with one or more previous live births accounted for 59.3% of abortions.
  • Women with no previous live births accounted for 40.7% of abortions.
  • Women with three or more previous births accounted for 14.2% of abortions.
  • Women with one or more previous induced abortions accounted for 43.6% of abortions.
  • Women with no previous abortion accounted for 56.3% of abortions.
  • Women with three or more previous abortions accounted for 8.2% of abortions.

Race/ethnicity (30 reporting areas, Percentage based on 353,128 abortions):

In 2015’s report, the CDC noted that minorities are still having abortions at a higher rate, writing, “abortion rates and ratios remained 1.5 and 1.3 times higher for Hispanic compared with non-Hispanic white women and 3.6 and 3.5 times higher for non-Hispanic black compared with non-Hispanic white women.”

Image: 2015 Abortion stats by race (Image: CDC )

2015 Abortion stats by race (Image: CDC )

Non-Hispanic white women, 36.9% in 2015 (down from 38.0% in 2014)

  • Abortion rate of 6.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
  • Abortion ratio: 111 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Non-Hispanic black women, 36.0% in 2015 (same as 2014):

  • Abortion rate: 25.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
  • Abortion ratio: 390 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Hispanic women, 18.5% in 2015 (slight increase from 18.3% in 2014):

  • Abortion rate: 11.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
  • Abortion ratio: 147 abortions per 1,000 live births.

READ: Shock: More than half of abortions in Medicaid-coverage states are taxpayer funded

Gestational Age of abortions reported in 2015 (excluding 12 reporting areas):

  • 8 weeks or less: 279,999 (65.4%)
  • 9-13 weeks: 109,860 (25.7%)
  • 14-15 weeks: 15,146 (3.5%)
  • 16-17 weeks: 9,030 (2.1%)
  • 18-20 weeks: 8,410 (2.0%)
  • 21 weeks or greater: 5,597 (1.3%)

According to these numbers, 8.9% of children aborted in 2015  — 38,183 — were past the first trimester of pregnancy.

Image: 2015 Abortion by gestation selected reporting areas CDC (Image: CDC)

2015 Abortion by gestation selected reporting areas CDC (Image: CDC)

California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York State, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming did not report abortions by gestation.

CDC abortion numbers are generally much lower than numbers released by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute. Live Action News has previously explained some of the reasons for the variation:

  • The CDC gathers information from states which require reporting; however, the CDC admits that “although reporting to CDC is voluntary, most reporting areas provide their abortion numbers.”
  • Guttmacher gathers its figures from surveys which it claims it sends directly to all known abortion facilities, categorized by type.

According to Dr. Michael New’s analysis of the CDC report published at National Review Online (emphasis added):

The new data also demonstrate the weak abortion-reporting requirements in the U.S. The CDC doesn’t have the authority to compel states to report abortion numbers and as a result, unsurprisingly, the data are incomplete.California, Maryland, and New Hampshire all failed to report abortion data for 2015. In fact, California has not reported any abortion data to the CDC since 1997. What’s more, while the CDC has already released 2017 data on a range of public-health topics, its abortion numbers are far behind; there is almost always a lag of more than two years before abortion data is released.

Although Guttmacher has not yet released data for 2015, reported abortion numbers published by Guttmacher in 2014 showed that 926,200 were reported, and revealed that more than 100,000 abortions took place in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. This reveals a stark difference between CDC and Guttmacher data.

Medical abortions in 2015 (43 reporting areas):

Since the FDA extended the gestational age limit for medical abortion to 70 days, the CDC says, “The percentage of abortions at 9 weeks’ gestation reported as medical has increased… (from 5.0%–7.7% during 2011–2014 to 13.0% in 2015).”

      • 2015: 24.6% were early medical abortions (a nonsurgical abortion at ≤8 weeks’ gestation)
      • 2014: 22.5% of all abortions were performed by early medical abortion

According to the CDC, an abortion is defined as legal only “if it is performed by a licensed clinician within the limits of state law.” It is unclear how CDC will calculate so-called “self-managed” abortions currently being pushed by the abortion industry.

Abortion deaths in 2015:

Tragically, every abortion ends the life of an already developing preborn child, and in some instances, the life of the pregnant woman as well. According to the CDC, “Deaths of women associated with complications from abortion for 2015 are being assessed as part of CDC’s Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. In 2014, the most recent year for which data were available, six women were identified to have died as a result of complications from legal induced abortion.”

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Pro-life groups previously discovered the death of one of those women from 2014. Lakisha Wilson died from cardiopulmonary arrest during a legal abortion at Preterm in Cleveland, Ohio.

Women are frequently told that when abortions are legal, they are also safe. Unfortunately, abortion consent forms the industry requires women to sign show this is not always the case.

Over past years, due in part to the many efforts of pro-life advocates, published abortion numbers have been steadily decreasing. According to the CDC report, “From 2006 to 2015, the total number of reported abortions decreased 24% (from 842,855), the abortion rate decreased 26% (from 15.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years), and the abortion ratio decreased 19% (from 233 abortions per 1,000 live births).”

Abortion complications — including those resulting from the abortion pill — are only required to be reported by about half of U.S. states.

While the trajectory is heading in the right direction, there is still much work to be done to make abortion unthinkable and return protection to persons in the womb.

NOTE: (SAYNSUMTHN ADDS: )

These are historic lows since the year following Roe.
CDC Abortion Surveillance report from 1973 indicates that a total of 615,831 legal procedures were reported from 50 states and the District of Columbia and New York City.

Image: CDC: Reported Abortions 1969 to 1973

CDC: Reported Abortions 1969 to 1973

Image: CDC Abortion report 1974

CDC Abortion report 1974

 

In an interview with Professor Michael New on EWTN, he pointed out that he abortion RATE is lower than it was in 1973:

Image: CDC Abortion rate 1973 and 1974

CDC Abortion rate 1973 and 1974

  • 2015: 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44
  • 2014: 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44
  • 1974: 17 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44
  • 1973: 14 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44

CDC 2014: Abortions decrease overall; increase among Black women; 4 women died (2013)

Posted in Abortion death, Abortion Death Black Women, Abortion Death List, Abortion decreasing, Abortion Numbers, Abortion reporting, Abortion stats, Black Abortion Stats, CDC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by saynsumthn

Abortions have dropped 20 percent over the last 10 years

A newly released abortion statistics report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals a reduction in the number of abortions reported in 2014. According to the CDC, over the last 10 years, abortion has seen a significant drop in the United States, with a 20 percent decrease.

CDC’s Abortion Surveillance report, released on November 22, 2017, states that 652,639 abortions were reported in 2014. This represents a two percent drop from 2013. In addition to abortion totals, the abortion rate also decreased two percent (from 12.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years), and the abortion ratio decreased 7 percent (from 199 abortions per 1,000 live births). The CDC report also revealed that four women died from legal abortion in 2013.

CDC Abortion stats 2014

In October of 2017, Guttmacher, the former “special affiliate” and research arm of Planned Parenthood, reported an abortion total of 926,200 in 2014, far more than what the CDC claims. The CDC admits it was “unable to obtain the total number,” and pointed to “requirements by the individual reporting areas” as a reason. The CDC claims Guttmacher’s numbers are higher because Guttmacher uses “numerous active follow-up techniques to increase the completeness of the data obtained through its periodic national census of abortion providers,” a fact Live Action News has previously documented.

Neither the CDC nor Guttmacher counts the use of emergency contraception such as Ella or Plan B in their abortion numbers. This is despite the fact that each of these drugs clearly state on their label that they can prevent implantation, thus aborting a life that has begun. (There would be no way of knowing if these drugs had actually caused an abortion in a particular instance, however, and therefore, there is no way to report.)

The CDC’s report indicates that abortion data was provided voluntarily by the central health agencies of 49 reporting areas (the District of Columbia; New York City; and 47 states, excluding California, Maryland, and New Hampshire). Here are a few key findings:

Previous Abortions

The fact that women have multiple abortions is kept fairly quiet by the abortion industry, but the CDC report reveals that this does indeed occur, and more than you might expect. In 2014, there were 40 areas in the U.S. that reported the number of previous abortions, as follows:

  • No previous abortion: 55.1% (251,108)
  • One previous abortion: 24.7% (112,337)
  • Two previous abortions: 11.6% (52,827)
  • Three or more previous abortions 8.6% (39,111)

Nearly 45 percent of women having abortions had already had at least one committed previously.

Majority of Abortions

In 2014, women in their 20s accounted for the majority of abortions and had the highest abortion rates; women in their 30s and older accounted for a much smaller percentage of abortions and had lower abortion rates. In 2014, women aged 20–24 and 25–29 years accounted for 32.2% and 26.7% (totaled, nearly 59%) of all reported abortions among the 46 areas that reported by maternal age. Women aged 20-24 and 25-29 also had the highest abortion rates: 21.3 and 18.4 abortions per 1,000 women.

Abortions and Race/Ethnicity

Out of the 652,639 reported abortions in 2014, 393,448 abortions from only 30 reporting areas accounted for race/ethnicity. This amounted to one additional reporting area than 2013 and may account for the slight increase in abortion percentages among white and Black women (a .7 percent increase and a .4 percent increase respectively).

CDC Abortion Surveillance 2014 race: Black abortions, Hispanic, White

CDC Abortion Surveillance 2014 race/ethnicity

  • White Women (non Hispanic): 38% (149,377)
  • Black Women (non Hispanic): 36% (141,825)
  • Hispanic Women: 18.3% (72,063)
  • Other: 7.7% (30,183)

For years, pro-lifers have contended that abortion disproportionately affects the African American Community. They point to US Census Bureau data estimates, which show that in 2014, while Blacks made up approximately 13 percent of the US population, CDC figures for 2014 reveal that non-Hispanic Black women accounted for 36 percent of reported abortions that reported this criterion.

Non-Hispanic Black women continue to have the highest abortion rate (26.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years) and ratio (391 abortions per 1,000 live births).

According to abortion numbers reported by Planned Parenthood‘s former “special affiliate,” The Guttmacher Institute (founded by a leader of the American Eugenics Society), 28 percent of abortions reported to them in 2014 were committed on Black women, 39 percent of abortions on white women, 25 percent on Hispanic women, and 9 percent on women of other races.

Reported Abortions by Gestational Age 

Only 40 reporting areas gave the CDC an estimate of gestational age, excluding 12 areas (California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York State, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) that either did not report, did not report by gestational age, or did not meet reporting standards.

The CDC reports that 91.5 percent of abortions that report gestational age were done at less than 13 weeks, 7.2 percent between 14 and 20 weeks, and 1.3 percent at more than 21 weeks.

Additional gestational numbers break down as follows:

  • Less than 8 weeks: 67% (295,206)
  • 9-13 weeks: 24.5% (108,014)
  • 14-15 weeks: 3.3% (14,572)
  • 16-17 weeks: 2.0% (8,780)
  • 18-20 weeks: 1.9% (8,180)
  • 21 weeks and above: 1.3% (5,578)

Notably, just 440,330 of the 652,639 reported abortions were identified by gestational age. What this reveals is that while the abortion industry would like the public to believe that late-term abortion is not happening in the U.S., 212,309 abortions were not classified by gestational age. How many abortions are committed late-term without being reported as such, or in the second trimester without public knowledge? The most common second trimester procedure is the D&E abortion.

Medical Abortions 

In 2014, 43 areas reported by method type. While medical abortions (also called medication abortions, abortion pill, and RU-486) have been increasing, the data reveals that many women still opt for surgical procedures. In the areas that reported medical abortions, 22.6 percent of these abortions were medical abortions committed at less than eight weeks, 1.5 percent were medical abortions committed at greater than eight weeks, 67.4 percent were surgical abortions committed at less than 13 weeks, and 8.6 percent were surgical abortions committed at greater than 13 weeks.

The use of early medical abortion increased one percent from 2013 to 2014. Over a ten-year period, between 2005 and 2014, surgical abortions decreased 14 percent.

Deaths From Legal Abortion 

According to the CDC, data on induced abortion-related deaths that occurred from 1972–2012 were previously published, and possible abortion-related deaths that occurred during 2014–2017 are now being assessed.

However, the CDC does report that four women died from legal abortion in 2013. This number was not available when it released 2013 abortion totals last year.

A previous Live Action News report identified at least two of the four women who are known to have died from legal abortion in 2013:

While the CDC has not reported abortion deaths after 2013 yet, it is known that multiple women have died due to a botched abortion from 2014-2016. A Live Action News article identified the following women’s abortion deaths:

Live Action News also summarized previous abortion deaths (2008-2012) compiled by Janet Morana and published by the Daily Caller:
  • 2012: Four deaths from legal abortion, three of whom are unknown. Only one, Tonya Reaves, made headlines. Reaves died after a Chicago Planned Parenthood abortionist (Mandy Gittler, who is now employed by Planned Parenthood in Michiganleft her to hemorrhage for five hours after her 16 week abortion without medical care and without calling 911.
  • 2011: Two deaths from legal abortion, identities unknown
  • 2010: Ten deaths from legal abortion, all unknown except for one — Alexandra Nunez from Queens, New York, who died after an artery was severed during her abortion, leading to cardiac arrest
  • 2009: Eight deaths from legal abortion, with only two identities known — Karnamaya Mongar, who died after a painkiller overdose at Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia “house of horrors,” and Ying Chen, who died as a result of what the OC Register called “a toxic reaction to anesthetic.”
  • 2008: Twelve deaths from legal abortion, all identities unknown

Keisha Atkins died legal abortion

In 2017, Abortion Free New Mexico obtained the autopsy report for Keisha Marie Atkins, 23, who died from her legal abortion on February 4, 2017. Atkins had a late-term abortion, initiated at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SWO is the largest abortion facility in the U.S. that openly “specializes” in abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. SWO is also the facility involved in the ongoing baby part harvesting investigation in New Mexico. The facility provided whole aborted baby brains for a students’ summer camp, likely without parents’ knowledge.

Conclusion

By its own admission, the CDC “cannot be used alone to calculate national case-fatality rates (number of legal induced abortion-related deaths per 100,000 reported legal induced abortions in the United States) because certain states did not report abortion data every year during this period.”

However, abortions have been steadily decreasing nationwide — due in part to pro-life activism on the sidewalks of abortion facilities, as well as legislation, education, and assistance to pregnant mothers. In ten years (2005 to 2014), among the same 48 areas that reported every year during this period, the CDC calculates that reported abortions have decreased by 20 percent.

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