Iowa 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 generally 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. For 2014, 58% of queried providers responded to their information request. Abortion totals were estimated for the 42% of abortion providers who did not respond.
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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
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.
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.
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.
Estimated Total Abortions (2014): 4,380
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 4,380 abortions took place in Iowa during 2014. In 2011, an estimated 5,640 abortions occured—compared with an estimated 6,560 in 2008 and 6,370 in 2005.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2014): 10%
In 2014, an estimated 10% 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 (39,687)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.
Estimated Abortion Rate* (2014): 7.5
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2014 abortion rate for Iowa was 7.5. In 2011, the abortion rate in Iowa was 9.7. It was 11.3 in 2008, 10.6 in 2005, and 9.8 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 All U.S. Abortions (2014): 0.5%
In 2014, approximately 0.5% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Iowa.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 13
In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 13 abortion providers in Iowa. There were 18 providers in 2011, 11 providers in 2008, 9 providers in 2005, and 8 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- 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