Oklahoma 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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Total Abortions (2014): 4,916
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports that 4,916 abortions took place in Oklahoma during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 5,013
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports that 5,013 abortions took place in Oklahoma during 2013.
Total Abortions (2012): 5,150
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 5,150 abortions took place in Oklahoma during 2012. The table below compares Oklahoma abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2012): 9%
In 2012, 9% of pregnancies in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2012): 9.8%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 9.8% of the abortions that took place in Oklahoma 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): 5,860
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 5,860 abortions took place in Oklahoma during 2011. In 2008, there were 7,160 abortions reported—compared with 6.950 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #29
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Oklahoma's 2011 abortion total places it at number 29 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): 7.9
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Oklahoma was 7.9. In 2008, the abortion rate in Oklahoma was 9.9. It was 9.5 in 2005 and 10.1 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): #38
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Oklahoma's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 38 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): 8%
In 2011, 69,200 women in Oklahoma became pregnant. 76% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 8% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 5
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 5 abortion providers in Oklahoma. There were 6 providers in 2008, 6 providers in 2005, and 6 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.
- Abortion is covered in private insurance policies only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
- 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, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
- Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.