New York 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.
To read abortion stories from New York, visit: Abortion Stories (New York)
STATE-LEVEL DATA (New York)
Total Abortions (2012): 97,502
The New York State Department of Health reports that 97,502 abortions took place in New York during 2012.
CDC DATA (New York)
Total Abortions (2011): 111,296
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 111,296 abortions took place in New York during 2011. The table below compares New York abortion totals by year.
Abortion Rate (2011): 27.6
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for New York was 27.6. 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 2011 was 13.9. The table below compares New York abortion rates by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2011): 3.8%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3.8% of the 111,296 abortions that took place in New York were performed on out-of-state residents.
Percentage of Reported Abortions by Known Age (2011):
|<15 yrs||15-19||20-24||25-29||30-34||35-39||≥40 yrs|
Percentage of Reported Abortions by Weeks of Gestation* (2011):
|≤8 wks*||9-13 wks*||14-15 wks*||16-17 wks*||18-20 wks*||≥21 wks*|
Percentage of Reported Abortions by Procedure Type*** (2011):
*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.
***To learn more about how various abortion procedures are performed, visit our Abortion Techniques page.
AGI DATA (New York)
Total Abortions (2011): 138,370
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 138,370 abortions took place in New York during 2011. In 2008, there were 153,110 abortions reported—compared with 155,960 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #2
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, New York's 2011 abortion total places it at number 2 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): 34.2
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for New York was 34.2. In 2008, the abortion rate in New York was 37.6. It was 38.2 in 2005 and 39.1 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): #1
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, New York's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 1 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): 31%
In 2011, 441,800 women in New York became pregnant. 55% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 31% in induced abortions.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 225
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 225 abortion providers in New York. There were 249 providers in 2008, 261 providers in 2005, and 234 providers in 2000.
Abortion Restrictions (2014):
- New York does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions—often found in other states.