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North Carolina 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 (North Carolina)

Total Abortions (2012): 24,439

The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics reports that 24,439 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 26,192

The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics reports that 26,192 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2011.

SOURCE: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics


CDC DATA (North Carolina)

Total Abortions (2010): 30,952

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 30,952 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2010. The table below compares North Carolina abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
30,952 30,596 31,822 33,233 35,088 32,335 33,954 31,006 29,229

Abortion Rate (2010): 15.9

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for North Carolina 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 North Carolina abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
15.9 16.0 16.8 17.7 18.9 18 19 17 16

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 18.3%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 18.3% of the 30,952 abortions that took place in North Carolina 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
North Carolina 0.5% 14.1% 33.9% 24.3% 15.5% 8.7% 2.9%
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*
North Carolina 65.8% 25.9% 4.2% 2.6% 1.6% 0%
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
North Carolina 82.1% 17.8% 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 (North Carolina)

Total Abortions (2011): 28,600

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 28,600 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2011. In 2008, there were 33,140 abortions reported—compared with 34,500 in 2005.

Total Abortions Rank (2011): #11

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Carolina's 2011 abortion total places it at number 11 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): 14.6

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for North Carolina was 14.6. In 2008, the abortion rate in North Carolina was 17.5. It was 18.8 in 2005 and 21.0 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): #19

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, North Carolina's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 19 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): 16%

In 2011, 175,900 women in North Carolina became pregnant. 68% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 16% in induced abortions.

Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 36

In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 36 abortion providers in North Carolina. There were 31 providers in 2008, 37 providers in 2005, and 55 providers in 2000.

Abortion Restrictions (2014):

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
  • Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law can only cover abortion in cases when the woman's life is endangered, rape or incest.
  • Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
  • The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
  • The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.

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

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