Rhode Island 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 (2015): 2,649
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2,649 abortions took place in Rhode Island during 2015. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Rhode Island residents in other states. The table below compares Rhode Island abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2015): 19.4%
In 2015, 19.4% of pregnancies in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2015): 14.7%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 14.7% of the abortions that took place in Rhode Island were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Estimated Total Abortions (2014): 3,580
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,580 abortions took place in Rhode Island during 2014. In 2011, an estimated 4,210 abortions occured—compared with an estimated 5,000 in 2008 and 5,290 in 2005.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2014): 25%
In 2014, an estimated 25% of pregnancies in Rhode Island 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 (10,823)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.
Estimated Abortion Rate* (2014): 17
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2014 abortion rate for Rhode Island was 17. In 2011, the abortion rate in Rhode Island was 19.8. It was 22.9 in 2008, 23.2 in 2005, and 24.1 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): 0.4%
In 2014, approximately 0.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Rhode Island.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 5
In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 5 abortion providers in Rhode Island. There were 4 providers in 2011, 4 providers in 2008, 4 providers in 2005, and 6 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- Public health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.