Florida 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. Three states (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire) did not provide abortion data to the federal government for the last reporting period.
To read abortion stories from Florida, visit: Abortion Stories (Florida)
STATE-LEVEL DATA (Florida)
Total Abortions (2012): 76,138
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports that 76,138 abortions took place in Florida during 2012.
SOURCE: Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
CDC DATA (Florida)
Total Abortions (2011): 77,166
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 77,166 abortions took place in Florida during 2011. The table below compares Florida abortion totals by year.
Abortion Rate (2011): 21.6
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Florida was 21.6. The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years. Among reporting states and districts, the nationwide abortion rate for 2011 was 13.9. The table below compares Florida abortion rates by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2011): NR
Florida did not record the percentage of abortions performed on out-of-state residents.
Percentage of Abortions by Known Age (2011):
|<15 yrs||15-19||20-24||25-29||30-34||35-39||≥40 yrs|
Percentage of Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (2011):
|≤8 wks*||9-13 wks*||14-15 wks*||16-17 wks*||18-20 wks*||≥21 wks*|
|≤8 wks*||9-13 wks*||14-15 wks*|
|16-17 wks*||18-20 wks*||≥21 wks*|
Percentage of Abortions by Procedure Type*** (2011):
*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.
***To learn more about how various abortion procedures are performed, visit our Abortion Techniques page.
AGI DATA (Florida)
Total Abortions (2011): 84,990
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 84,990 abortions took place in Florida during 2011. In 2008, there were 94,360 abortions reported—compared with 92,300 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #3
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Florida's 2011 abortion total places it at number 3 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): 23.7
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Florida was 23.7. In 2008, the abortion rate in Florida was 27.2. It was 26.8 in 2005 and 31.9 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): #6
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Florida's 2011 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 (2011): 24%
In 2011, 349,600 women in Florida became pregnant. 61% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 24% in induced abortions.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 88
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 88 abortion providers in Florida. There were 91 providers in 2008, 103 providers in 2005, and 108 providers in 2000.
Abortion Restrictions (2014):
- Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law can only cover abortion in cases when the woman's life is endangered, rape or incest, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
- The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
- 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; the provider must offer her the option to view the image.