Illinois 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.
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Total Abortions (2014): 38,472
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 38,472 abortions took place in Illinois during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 40,750
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 40,750 abortions took place in Illinois during 2013.
Total Abortions (2012): 43,203
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 43,203 abortions took place in Illinois during 2012. The table below compares Illinois abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2012): 21%
In 2012, 21% of pregnancies in Illinois 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 Illinois abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2012): 7.3%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 7.3% of the abortions that took place in Illinois 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): 44,580
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 44,580 abortions took place in Illinois during 2011. In 2008, there were 54,920 abortions reported—compared with 50,970 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #6
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Illinois's 2011 abortion total places it at number 6 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): 17
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Illinois was 17. In 2008, the abortion rate in Illinois was 20.5. It was 18.9 in 2005 and 23.2 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): #13
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Illinois's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 13 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): 18%
In 2011, 242,600 women in Illinois became pregnant. 66% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 18% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 37
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 37 abortion providers in Illinois. There were 37 providers in 2008, 38 providers in 2005, and 37 providers in 2000.
Abortion Restrictions (2014):
- Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
- The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.