Wisconsin Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by the Guttmacher Institute 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.
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Total Abortions (2016): 5,612
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 5,612 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2016.
Total Abortions (2015): 5,660
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 5,660 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 5,800
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 5,800 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2014.
Total Abortions (2013): 6,462
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 6,462 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2013. The table below compares Wisconsin abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 8.8%
In 2013, 8.8% of pregnancies in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 3.3%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3.3% of the abortions that took place in Wisconsin were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2014): 6,050
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 6,050 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2014. In 2011, there were 7,640 abortions reported—compared with 8,230 in 2008 and 9,800 in 2005.
Abortion Rate* (2014): 5.6
The Guttmacher Institute reports that the 2014 abortion rate for Wisconsin was 5.6. In 2011, the abortion rate in Wisconsin was 7. It was 7.4 in 2008, 8.5 in 2005, and 9.6 in 2000. The 2014 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.6.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 9%
In 2011, 89,800 women in Wisconsin became pregnant. 76% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 9% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 0.7%
In 2014, 0.7% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Wisconsin.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2011): 8
In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 8 abortion providers in Wisconsin. There were 9 providers in 2008, 9 providers in 2005, and 10 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 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, incest, or severe health complications.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- 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, incest, or severe health complications.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion and must view the image and have it described.
- An abortion cannot be performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) unless the woman’s life is endangered or her physical health is severely compromised.