Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2012

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...