Kentucky Abortion Statistics
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 Guttmacher or the CDC. Guttmacher’s abortion statistics are estimates built on surveys of all known and suspected abortion providers. For 2014, 58% of queried providers responded to their information request. Abortion totals were estimated for the 42% of abortion providers who did not respond.
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Total Abortions (2014): 3,442
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3,442 abortions took place in Kentucky during 2014. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Kentucky residents in other states. The table below compares Kentucky abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2014): 5.7%
In 2014, 5.7% of pregnancies in Kentucky 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 Kentucky abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2014): 11.3%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 11.3% of the abortions that took place in Kentucky were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Estimated Total Abortions (2014): 3,530
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,530 abortions took place in Kentucky during 2014. In 2011, an estimated 3,970 abortions occured—compared with an estimated 4,430 in 2008 and 3,870 in 2005.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2014): 6%
In 2014, an estimated 6% of pregnancies in Kentucky ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing Guttmacher's abortion estimate by the sum total of live births (56,170)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.
Estimated Abortion Rate* (2014): 4.1
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2014 abortion rate for Kentucky was 4.1. In 2011, the abortion rate in Kentucky was 4.6. It was 5.1 in 2008, 4.4 in 2005, and 5.3 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 All U.S. Abortions (2014): 0.4%
In 2014, approximately 0.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Kentucky.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 3
In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 3 abortion providers in Kentucky. There were 3 providers in 2011, 3 providers in 2008, 3 providers in 2005, and 3 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 18 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Private health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment—unless an optional rider is purchased.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment—unless an optional rider is purchased.
- Abortion is not covered in insurance policies for public employees.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.