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Kentucky 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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LEGAL STATUS OF ABORTION IN Kentucky

As of 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, it is illegal to perform an elective abortion in Kentucky following the detection of a fetal heartbeat. An abortion shall only be permitted after this point if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother. The performance or attempted performance of an illegal abortion in Kentucky is a Class D felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to five years, and the revocation of one’s medical license. No woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted may be charged or convicted of a criminal offense in the death of her own unborn child.

SOURCE: House Bill 5 / Senate Bill 9

STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2021): 4,441

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reports that 4,441 abortions took place in Kentucky during 2021. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Kentucky residents in other states.

Total Abortions (2020): 4,104

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reports that 4,104 abortions took place in Kentucky during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Kentucky residents in other states.

SOURCE: Kentucky Department for Public Health

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 4,080

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 4,080 abortions took place in Kentucky during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Kentucky residents in other states. The table below compares Kentucky abortion totals by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
4,080 3,200 3,530 3,970 4,430 3,870

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 7.3%

In 2020, an estimated 7.3% of pregnancies in Kentucky 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—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2020): 4.8

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Kentucky was 4.8. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Kentucky abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
KY 4.8 3.8 4.1 4.6 5.1 4.4
U.S. 14.4 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 (2020): 0.4%

In 2020, approximately 0.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Kentucky.

Abortion Clinics in Kentucky (2017): 1

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 1 abortion clinics in Kentucky and 3 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total Kentucky abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3 3 3 3 3

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

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2019): 3,664

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3,664 abortions took place in Kentucky during 2019. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Kentucky residents in other states. The table below compares Kentucky abortion totals by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,203 3,201 3,312 3,188 3,442 3,637 3,810 3,957 3,929 4,120
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
3,203 3,201 3,312 3,188 3,442
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,637 3,810 3,957 3,929 4,120

Abortion Percentage (2019): 6.5%

In 2019, 6.5% of pregnancies in Kentucky 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 Kentucky abortion percentages by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
KY 5.6% 5.5% 5.7% 5.4% 5.7% 6.1% 6% 7% 7% 7%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
KY 5.6% 5.5% 5.7% 5.4% 5.7%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1%
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
KY 6.1% 6% 7% 7% 7%
U.S.* 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2019): 17.5%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 17.5% of the abortions that took place in Kentucky were performed on out-of-state residents.

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

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2019

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