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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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STATE-LEVEL DATA (Illinois)

Total Abortions (2012): 43,203

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 43,203 abortions took place in Illinois during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 41,324

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 41,324 abortions took place in Illinois during 2011.

SOURCE: Illinois Department of Public Health


CDC DATA (Illinois)

Total Abortions (2010): 41,859

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 41,859 abortions took place in Illinois during 2010. The table below compares Illinois abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
41,859 46,077 47,717 45,298 46,467 43,409 43,537 42,247 46,945

Abortion Rate (2010): 15.9

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for Illinois was 15.9. 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 2010 was 14.6. The table below compares Illinois abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
15.9 17.4 17.8 16.9 17.3 16 16 16 17

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 7.3%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 7.3% of the 41,859 abortions that took place in Illinois were performed on out-of-state residents.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Known Age (2010):

<15 yrs 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 ≥40 yrs
Illinois 0.6% 16.6% 31.0% 24.1% 15.5% 8.9% 3.4%
United States 0.5% 14.6% 32.9% 24.5% 15.3% 8.9% 3.4%

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (2010):

≤8 wks* 9-13 wks* 14-15 wks* 16-17 wks* 18-20 wks* ≥21 wks*
Illinois NR NR NR NR NR NR
United States 65.9% 26.0% 3.3% 1.8% 1.8% 1.2%

*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.

Percentage of Reported Abortions by Procedure Type* (2010):

Curettage Medical Intrauterine Instillation Other
Illinois NR NR NR NR
United States 80.5% 17.8% 0% 1.9%

*To learn more about how various abortion procedures are performed, visit our Abortion Techniques page.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2010


AGI DATA (Illinois)

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.

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.

SOURCE: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/illinois.html

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