Since 1969, CDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States. Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City).
The reporting areas provide this information voluntarily. For 2012, data were received from 49 reporting areas.
A total of 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC for 2012.
Of these abortions, 98.4% were from the 47 reporting areas that provided data every year during 2003–2012.
MMWR Surveillance Summaries
MMWR Surveill Summ 2015;64(No. SS-10), Karen Pazol, PhD; Andreea A. Creanga, MD, PhD; Denise J. Jamieson, MD
Vol. 64, No. SS-10
November 27, 2015
[November 25, 2015, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6410a1.htm?s_cid=ss6410a1_e ]
US: CDC Reports Sharp Decline in Abortions
Reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show a dramatic decline in abortions across the US.
In November, the CDC reported there were 699,202 abortions in 2012, down from 1.5 million in the late 1980s, and a December report showed the abortion rate declined by over one-third between 1990 and 2010.
Pro-life leaders welcomed the news, attributing the decline to an increase in laws that protect life as well as a cultural shift away from abortion. 231 new pro-life laws were enacted between 2010 and 2014.
[Ed. California, which historically recorded ~250,000 abortions per year, and two other states, have not reported abortions to CDC for several years.]
[from 2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22, 2015]
2012 USA Abortion Surveillance released 25 November 2015, from CDC:
Keep in mind that these data do NOT include California, which when it did report, used to report approx. 250,000 abortions per year.
While overall REPORTED abortions are decreasing, this does NOT include CA, Maryland, and New Hampshire abortion data, nor does it include ‘illegal’ abortions.
“For 2012, data were received from 49 reporting areas. A total of 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC for 2012. Of these abortions, 98.4% were from the 47 reporting areas that provided data every year during 2003–2012.
“From 2011 to 2012, the total number and ratio of reported abortions decreased 4% and the abortion rate decreased 5%.”
[Of the states reporting, Alabama has 4th highest Percentage of Out-of-State Residents coming to AL for abortions (17.8%).]
“…Non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women accounted for the largest percentages of abortions (37.6% and 36.7%, respectively)…”
“…85.3% were unmarried…”
“In 2012, women aged 20–24 and 25–29 years accounted for 32.8% and 25.4% of all abortions, respectively, and had abortion rates of 23.3 and 18.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20–24 and 25–29 years, respectively. … Throughout the period of analysis, abortion rates decreased among women aged 20–24, 25–29, and 30–34 years by 24%, 18%, and 10%, respectively, whereas they increased among women aged =40 years by 8%.”
“In 2012, adolescents aged <15 and 15–19 years accounted for 0.4% and 12.2% of all abortions, respectively, and had abortion rates of 0.8 and 9.2 abortions per 1,000 adolescents aged <15 and 15–19 years, respectively.”
“From 2003 to 2012, the percentage of abortions accounted for by adolescents aged 15–19 years decreased 27% and their abortion rate decreased 40%.”
“In 2012, among the 40 reporting areas that included medical (nonsurgical) abortion on their reporting form, a total of 69.4% of abortions were performed by curettage at =13 weeks’ gestation, 20.8% were performed by early medical abortion (a nonsurgical abortion at =8 weeks’ gestation), and 8.7% were performed by curettage at >13 weeks’ gestation; all other methods were uncommon. Among abortions performed at =8 weeks’ gestation that were eligible on the basis of gestational age for early medical abortion, 30.8% were completed by this method. The percentage of abortions reported as early medical abortions increased 10% from 2011 to 2012.”
[Ed. Note that about 90% of abortions are performed by 13 weeks gestation. That leaves very little time to reach women with a life-affirming message once they are pregnant. Abstinence Education is of the utmost importance.]
“Among the 38 areas that reported gestational age at the time of abortion for 2012 (Table 7), two-thirds (65.8%) of abortions were performed by =8 weeks’ gestation, and 91.4% were performed at =13 weeks’ gestation. Few abortions were performed between 14–20 weeks’ gestation (7.2%) or at =21 weeks’ gestation (1.3%). “
[1.3% of 699,202 CDC reported abortions = 9,090 LATE TERM ABORTIONS at 5 months & older]
November 27, 2015, CDC MMWR Surveillance Summaries, Vol. 64, No. SS-10 , Karen Pazol, PhD; Andreea A. Creanga, MD, PhD; Denise J. Jamieson, MD;
Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2012
MMWR Surveill Summ 2015;64(No. SS-10), Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6410a1.htm?s_cid=ss6410a1_e ; also, http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/25/abortions-decline-to-historic-low-cdc-report-shows-31000-babies-saved-from-abortions/
Abortions Decline to Historic Low: CDC 2012 USA Abortion Surveillance
The Centers for Disease Control released its national abortion report on Wednesday and the new figures how the number of abortions in the United States has declined to a historic low.
Approximately 699,000 babies lost their lives in abortions in 2012, the latest year CDC has released figures. That represents a decline of about half since the highs of more than 1.5 million in the late 1980s, when the effect of legalizing abortion in 1973 finally took its full effect.
[ed. However, in the 1980s, California was reporting their abortion numbers.]
That is a decline from the 730,322 babies who died from abortions in 2011, according to CDC’s report last year.
“The abortion rate for 2012 was 13.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 210 abortions per 1,000 live births,” the report indicated.
At their high, decades ago, approximately 1 in 3 pregnancies ended in an abortion — resulting in brochures, banners and billboards proclaiming that fact and greying out every third baby displayed in pictures of newborn children.
Thanks to pro-life laws, educational efforts, pregnancy centers and the actions of pro-life groups that have resulted in closing down abortion sites, now one in five pregnancies in the United States end in an abortion.
“Compared with 2011, the total number and ratio of reported abortions for 2012 decreased 4%, and the abortion rate decreased 5%. Additionally, from 2003 to 2012, the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 17%, 18%, and 14%, respectively. Given the large decreases in the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions from 2011 to 2012, in combination with decreases that occurred during 2008–2011, all three measures reached historic lows,” it added.
The CDC notes that more than 9,050 babies were killed in abortions occurring at or after 21 weeks, and 22 weeks is the earliest time a baby can survive outside the womb.
“Women in their twenties accounted for the majority of abortions in 2012 and throughout the period of analysis,” the report noted.
The CDC data is not complete and is based on reports from health departments in 47 states.
The CDC admits California, Maryland and New Hampshire don’t report abortion numbers and the data from Wyoming is typically incomplete. Still, the year to year comparison is instructive since the same 47 states are compared to each other every year.
Today’s report follows on the heels of a report last year showing abortions decreasing as well.
From 2010 to 2011, the total number and rate of reported abortions decreased 5% and the abortion ratio decreased 4%.
The new CDC report also notes that 20.8 percent of all abortions involve mifepristone (previously termed RU 486), the ‘abortion pill’ which blocks progesterone — a 10% increase from 2011.
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