California Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by the Guttmacher Institute 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.
To read abortion stories from California, visit: Abortion Stories (California)
California did not provide state abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control for the last reporting period.
Total Abortions (2014): 157,350
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 157,350 abortions took place in California during 2014. In 2011, there were 181,730 abortions reported—compared with 214,190 in 2008 and 208,430 in 2005.
Abortion Rate* (2014): 19.5
The Guttmacher Institute reports that the 2014 abortion rate for California was 19.5. In 2011, the abortion rate in California was 23. It was 27.6 in 2008, 27.1 in 2005, and 31.2 in 2000. The 2014 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.6.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 23%
In 2011, 802,400 women in California became pregnant. 63% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 23% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 17%
In 2014, 17% of all U.S. abortions occurred in California.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2011): 512
In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 512 abortion providers in California. There were 522 providers in 2008, 424 providers in 2005, and 400 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
California does not have any state-level abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly-funded abortions.