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California Abortion Facts
State abortion stats 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.
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CDC DATA (California)
California did not provide state abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the last reporting period.
AGI DATA (California)
Total Abortions (2008): 214,190
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 214,190 abortions took place in California during 2008. In 2005, there were 208,430 abortions reported.
Total Abortions Rank (2008): #1
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, California's 2008 abortion total places it at number 1 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): 27.6
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2008 abortion rate for California was 27.6. In 2005, the abortion rate in California was 27.1. It was 31.2 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): #6
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, California's 2008 abortion rate places it at number 6 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): 24%
In 2008, 897,700 women in California became pregnant. 61% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 24% in induced abortions
Total Abortion Facilities (2008): 522
In 2008, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 522 abortion providers in California. There were 424 providers in 2005 and 400 providers in 2000.
Abortion Restrictions (2011):
- California does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions—often found in other states.
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