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North Carolina Abortion Statistics

[Information provided by Abort73]

STATE ABORTION STATISTICS BY:

rate, rank, total, age, gestation, and procedure type

State abortion statistics are collected privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, the most recent data available is generally a few years old. It should be noted that four states (California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire) did not provide abortion data to the federal government for the last reporting period, and AGI (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) openly advocates abortion.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ABORTION, VISIT: Prenatal DevelopmentAbortion Procedures or Abortion Pictures

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CDC DATA (NORTH CAROLINA)

Total Abortions (2009): 30,596

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 30,596 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2009. The table below compares North Carolina abortion totals by year.

2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
30,596 31,822 33,233 35,088 32,335 33,954 31,006 29,229

Total Abortions Rank (2009): #7

Out of the 46 states* (+ Washington DC) that reported to the CDC, North Carolina’s 2008 abortion total places it at #7 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #47 is the state or district with the fewest).
*California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire did not report data.

Abortion Rate* (2009): 16.0

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2009 abortion rate for North Carolina was 16.0. The 2009 abortion rate across the 46 reporting states** (+ Washington DC) was 15.1. The table below compares North Carolina abortion rates by year.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
**California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire did not report data.

2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
16.0 16.8 17.7 18.9 18 19 17 16

Abortion Rate Rank (2009): #13

Out of the 46 states* (+ Washington DC) that reported to the CDC, North Carolina’s 2008 abortion rate places it at #13 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #47 is the state or district with the lowest).
*California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire did not report data.

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2009): 16.4%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 16.4% of the 31,822 abortions that took place in North Carolina were performed on out-of-state residents.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Known Age (2009):

<15 yrs 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 ≥40 yrs
North Carolina 0.5% 15.7% 34.0% 24.2% 14.6% 8.3% 2.6%
United States 0.5% 15.5% 32.7% 24.4% 14.7% 8.8% 3.3%

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (2009):

≤8 wks* 9-13 wks* 14-15 wks* 16-17 wks* 18-20 wks* ≥21 wks*
North Carolina 65.3% 26.8% 4.1% 2.5% NR NR
United States 64.0% 27.7% 3.4% 1.9% 1.8% 1.3%

*Gestational weeks are measured from the first day of the woman’s last menstruation and not from the day of conception. Though it does not provide an accurate fetal age (which is roughly 2 weeks less than the gestational age), it is the simplest way for an OB/GYN to age a pregnancy since the day of conception is often not known. Hence, if an abortion occurs at 8 weeks gestation, it is actually aborting a 6 week embryo. The images on our Prenatal Development and Abortion Pictures pages are more precisely captioned with fetal ages in accordance with standard teaching texts on prenatal development.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Procedure Type* (2008):

Curettage Medical Intrauterine Instillation Other
North Carolina 82.5% 17.2% 0.1% 0.1%
United States 82.4% 16.2% 0% 1.6%

*To learn more about how various abortion procedures are performed, visit our Abortion Techniques page.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2009

AGI DATA (NORTH CAROLINA)

Total Abortions (2008): 33,140

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 33,140 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2008. In 2005, there were 34,500 abortions reported.

Total Abortions Rank (2008): #12

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Carolina’s 2008 abortion total places it at number 12 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #51 is the state or district with the fewest).

Abortion Rate* (2008): 17.5

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2008 abortion rate for North Carolina was 17.5. In 2005, the abortion rate in North Carolina was 18.8. It was 21.0 in 2000. The 2008 abortion rate across the entire United States was 19.6.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

Abortion Rate Rank (2008): #19

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Carolina’s 2008 abortion rate places it at number 19 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #51 is the state or district with the lowest).

Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2008): 17%

In 2008, 193,500 women in North Carolina became pregnant. 68% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 17% in induced abortions

Total Abortion Facilities (2008): 31

In 2008, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 31 abortion providers in North Carolina. There were 37 providers in 2005 and 55 providers in 2000.

Abortion Restrictions (2011):

  • The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
SOURCE: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/north_carolina.html 
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