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Wisconsin 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 (Wisconsin)

Total Abortions (2012): 6,927

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 6,927 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2012.

Total Abortions (2011): 7,249

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that 7,249 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2011.

SOURCE: Wisconsin Department of Health Services


CDC DATA (Wisconsin)

Total Abortions (2010): 7,825

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 7,825 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2010. The table below compares Wisconsin abortion totals by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
7,825 8,542 8,229 8,267 9,580 9,817 9,943 10,557 10,489

Abortion Rate (2010): 7.1

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the 2010 abortion rate for Wisconsin was 7.1. 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 Wisconsin abortion rates by year.

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
7.1 7.7 7.4 7.4 8.5 9 9 9 9

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2010): 3.0%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3.0% of the 7,825 abortions that took place in Wisconsin 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
Wisconsin 0.7% 14.8% 34.2% 23.7% 14.7% 9.1% 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*
Wisconsin NR NR NR NR 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
Wisconsin NR NR NR NR
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 (Wisconsin)

Total Abortions (2011): 7,640

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 7,640 abortions took place in Wisconsin during 2011. In 2008, there were 8,230 abortions reported—compared with 9,800 in 2005.

Total Abortions Rank (2011): #26

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Wisconsin's 2011 abortion total places it at number 26 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

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Wisconsin was 7. In 2008, the abortion rate in Wisconsin was 7.4. It was 8.5 in 2005 and 9.6 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): #43 (tie)

Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Wisconsin's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 43 (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): 9%

In 2011, 89,800 women in Wisconsin became pregnant. 76% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 9% in induced abortions.

Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 8

In 2011, the Alan 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.

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. Counseling must be provided in person and must take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two separate trips to the facility.
  • 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 when the woman's life is endangered, her physical health is severely compromised, rape or incest.
  • 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, incest or when necessary to prevent long-lasting damage to the woman's physical health.
  • A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion; the provider must show and describe the image to the woman.

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

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