Missouri Abortion Facts
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 AGI or the CDC.
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Total Abortions (2015): 4,765
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports that 4,765 abortions took place in Missouri during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 5,064
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports that 5,064 abortions took place in Missouri during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 5,416
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 5,416 abortions took place in Missouri during 2013. The table below compares Missouri abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 6.7%
In 2013, 6.7% of pregnancies in Missouri 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 Missouri abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 8.0%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 8.0% of the abortions that took place in Missouri were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2014): 5,130
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 5,130 abortions took place in Missouri during 2014. In 2011, there were 5,820 abortions reported—compared with 7,440 in 2008 and 8,400 in 2005.
Abortion Rate* (2014): 4.4
The Guttmacher Institute reports that the 2014 abortion rate for Missouri was 4.4. In 2011, the abortion rate in Missouri was 5. It was 6.3 in 2008, 6.9 in 2005, and 6.6 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 Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 6%
In 2011, 97,700 women in Missouri became pregnant. 78% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 6% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 0.6%
In 2014, 0.6% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Missouri.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2011): 5
In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 5 abortion providers in Missouri. There were 6 providers in 2008, 7 providers in 2005, and 6 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 72 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Public and 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.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- 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.