Alabama Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and federally by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Because of reporting lag, their most recent data is generally 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC.
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Total Abortions (2014): 8,080
The Alabama Center for Health Statistics reports that 8,080 abortions took place in Alabama during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 8,485
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 8,485 abortions took place in Alabama during 2013. The table below compares Alabama abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 12.7%
In 2013, 12.7% of pregnancies in Alabama ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing the state abortion ratio by the sum of the abortion ratio plus 1,000. The abortion ratio is the number of abortions that occurred per 1,000 lives births. The table below compares Alabama abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 17.5%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 17.5% of the abortions that took place in Alabama were performed on out-of-state residents.
*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.
**U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2011): 9,550
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 9,550 abortions took place in Alabama during 2011. In 2008, there were 11,270 abortions reported—compared with 11,340 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #24
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Alabama's 2011 abortion total places it at number 24 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* (2011): 10
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Alabama was 10. In 2008, the abortion rate in Alabama was 12. It was 11.9 in 2005 and 14.3 in 2000. The 2011 abortion rate across the entire United States was 16.9.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Abortion Rate Rank (2011): #34
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Alabama's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 34 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 (2011): 12%
In 2011, 81,700 women in Alabama became pregnant. 73% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 12% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 8
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 8 abortion providers in Alabama. There were 8 providers in 2008, 13 providers in 2005, and 14 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 48 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion and must be given the option to view the image.
- An abortion cannot be performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) unless the woman’s life is endangered or her physical health is severely compromised.