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.
To read abortion stories from North Carolina, visit: Abortion Stories (North Carolina)
Total Abortions (2015): 27,631
The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics reports that 27,631 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 24,605
The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics reports that 24,605 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 22,820
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 22,820 abortions took place in North Carolina during 2013. The table below compares North Carolina abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 16.1%
In 2013, 16.1% of pregnancies in North Carolina 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 North Carolina abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 14.6%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 14.6% of the abortions that took place in North Carolina were performed on out-of-state residents.
*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.
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. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
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.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 72 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- Public health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape, or incest.
- 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.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion.