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Iowa Abortion Statistics

State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.

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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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STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2017): 3,269

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that 3,269 abortions took place in Iowa during 2017. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Iowa residents in other states.

Total Abortions (2016): 3,722

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that 3,722 abortions took place in Iowa during 2016. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Iowa residents in other states.

SOURCE: Iowa Department of Public Health


GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2017): 3,760

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,760 abortions took place in Iowa during 2017. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Iowa residents in other states. The table below compares Iowa abortion totals by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3,760 4,380 5,640 6,560 6,370

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2017): 8.9%

In 2017, an estimated 8.9% of pregnancies in Iowa 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 (38,430)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2017): 6.3

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2017 abortion rate for Iowa was 6.3. The 2017 abortion rate across the entire United States was 13.5. The table below compares Iowa abortion rates by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
IA 6.3 7.5 9.7 11.3 10.6
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): 0.4%

In 2017, approximately 0.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Iowa.

Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 13

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 8 abortion providers in Iowa. The table below compares total Iowa abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
8 13 18 11 9

State Abortion Restrictions (2019):

  • The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion can take place.
  • Public funding can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
  • A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion and must be given the option to view the image. 
  • 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.

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


CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2015): 3,989

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3,989 abortions took place in Iowa during 2015. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Iowa residents in other states. The table below compares Iowa abortion totals by year.

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
3,989 4,020 4,423 4,648 4,815 5,399 5,821 6,475 6,637 6,722
2014 2014 2013 2012 2011
3,989 4,020 4,423 4,648 4,815
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
5,399 5,821 6,475 6,637 6,722

Abortion Percentage (2015): 9.1%

In 2015, 9.1% of pregnancies in Iowa 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 Iowa abortion percentages by year.

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
IA 9.1% 9.2% 10.2% 11% 11% 12% 13% 14% 14% 14%
U.S.* 15.8% 15.7% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19% 19% 19% 19%
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Iowa 9.1% 9.2% 10.2% 11% 11%
United States* 15.8% 15.7% 16.7% 17% 18%
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
IA 12% 13% 14% 14% 14%
U.S.* 19% 19% 19% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2015): 16.3%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 16.3% of the abortions that took place in Iowa were performed on out-of-state residents.

*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2015

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