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California Abortion Statistics

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 often 2-3 years old. In most cases, state-level abortion facts are more current than the numbers reported by Guttmacher or the CDC. Guttmacher’s abortion statistics are estimates built on surveys of all known and suspected abortion providers; the CDC totals are made up of the actual abortion counts reported to the state health department by each abortion facility.

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California did not provide state abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control for the last reporting period.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2018


Estimated Total Abortions (2017): 132,680

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 132,680 abortions took place in California during 2017. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on California residents in other states. The table below compares California abortion totals by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
132,680 157,350 181,730 214,190 208,430

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2017): 22.0%

In 2017, an estimated 22.0% of pregnancies in California ended in abortion. This number does not take into account miscarriages. It was arrived at by dividing Guttmacher's abortion estimate by the sum total of live births (471,658)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2017): 16.4

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2017 abortion rate for California was 16.4. The 2017 abortion rate across the entire United States was 13.5. The table below compares California abortion rates by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
CA 16.4 19.5 23 27.6 27.1
U.S. 13.5 14.6 16.9 19.4 19.4

*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2017): 15.4%

In 2017, approximately 15.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in California.

Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 512

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 161 abortion providers in California. The table below compares total California abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
161 512 512 522 424

State Abortion Restrictions (2019):

California does not have any state-level abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly-funded abortions.

SOURCE: https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/state-facts-about-abortion-california

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