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Tennessee Abortion Facts

State abortion stats by rate, rank, total, age, gestation, and procedure type.

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 a few years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by AGI or the CDC. Click on the state names below for the most current abortion statistics available. Also remember that three states (California, Maryland, and New Hampshire) did not provide abortion data to the federal government for the last reporting period, and AGI (the research arm of Planned Parenthood) openly advocates abortion.

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STATE-LEVEL DATA (Tennessee)

Total Abortions (2012): 15,859

The Tennessee Department of Health reports that 15,859 abortions took place in Tennessee during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 16,115

The Tennessee Department of Health reports that 16,115 abortions took place in Tennessee during 2011.

SOURCE: Tennessee Department of Health


CDC DATA (Tennessee)

Total Abortions (2010): 16,373

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 16,373 abortions took place in Tennessee during 2010. The table below compares Tennessee abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
16,373 17,474 18,253 18,171 17,883 16,178 16,400 17,610 17,807

Abortion Rate (2010): 12.8

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for Tennessee was 12.8. 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 Tennessee abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
12.8 13.8 14.5 14.4 14.2 13 13 14 14

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 24.5%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 24.5% of the 16,373 abortions that took place in Tennessee 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
Tennessee 0.6% 14.0% 34.4% 24.7% 15.4% 8.2% 2.8%
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*
Tennessee 66.5% 30.0% 3.1% 0.3% NR NR
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
Tennessee 73.4% NR 0% 26.6%
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 (Tennessee)

Total Abortions (2011): 16,720

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 16,720 abortions took place in Tennessee during 2011. In 2008, there were 19,550 abortions reported—compared with 18,140 in 2005.

Total Abortions Rank (2011): #16

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Tennessee's 2011 abortion total places it at number 16 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): 13.1

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Tennessee was 13.1. In 2008, the abortion rate in Tennessee was 15.5. It was 14.4 in 2005 and 15.2 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): #23 (tie)

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Tennessee's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 23 (tie) 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): 15%

In 2011, 113,900 women in Tennessee became pregnant. 70% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 15% in induced abortions.

Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 14

In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 14 abortion providers in Tennessee. There were 13 providers in 2008, 13 providers in 2005, and 16 providers in 2000.

Abortion Restrictions (2014):

  • Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange that will be established under the federal health care reform law may not provide coverage of abortion.
  • 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/tennessee.html

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