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Montana 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 (Montana)

Total Abortions (2012): 2,031

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reports that 2,031 abortions took place in Montana during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 2,147

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reports that 2,147 abortions took place in Montana during 2011.

SOURCE: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services


CDC DATA (Montana)

Total Abortions (2010): 2,160

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2,160 abortions took place in Montana during 2010. The table below compares Montana abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
2,160 2,223 2,125 2,238 2,119 2,155 2,256 2,213 2,248

Abortion Rate (2010): 12.0

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for Montana was 12.0. 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 Montana abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
12.0 12.2 11.7 12.3 11.7 12 12 12 12

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 12.4%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 12.4% of the 2,160 abortions that took place in Montana 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
Montana 0.5% 15.8% 35.2% 23.6% 13.5% 8.2% 3.2%
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*
Montana 69.4% 23.8% 2.6% 1.6% 1.9% 0.6%
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
Montana 64.9% 34.9% 0% 0%
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 (Montana)

Total Abortions (2011): 2,220

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 2,220 abortions took place in Montana during 2011. In 2008, there were 2,230 abortions reported—compared with 2,150 in 2005.

Total Abortions Rank (2011): #45

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Montana's 2011 abortion total places it at number 45 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): 12.3

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Montana was 12.3. In 2008, the abortion rate in Montana was 12.3. It was 11.7 in 2005 and 13.5 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): #31

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Montana's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 31 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): 13%

In 2011, 16,900 women in Montana became pregnant. 71% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 13% in induced abortions.

Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 8

In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 8 abortion providers in Montana. There were 8 providers in 2008, 8 providers in 2005, and 9 providers in 2000.

Abortion Restrictions (2014):

  • The parent of a minor , younger than 16, must be notified before an abortion is provided.

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

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