Utah 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.
To read abortion stories from Utah, visit: Abortion Stories (Utah)
LEGAL STATUS OF ABORTION IN Utah
In 2022, elective abortion became illegal in Utah. This prohibition does not apply to the removal of a miscarried child. Neither does it apply in cases of ectopic pregnancy. An abortion shall only be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother, to prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function, to remove a child with a lethal fetal anomaly, or if the conception occurred because of rape or incest. In the case of sexual assault, it must be reported to law enforcement before an abortion can take place. The performance of an illegal abortion in Utah is a second degree felony. It may also result in the revocation of one’s medical license.
Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 3,120
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,120 abortions took place in Utah during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Utah residents in other states. The table below compares Utah abortion totals by selected year.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 6.4%
In 2020, an estimated 6.4% of pregnancies in Utah 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): 4.4
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Utah was 4.4. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Utah abortion rates by selected year.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2020): 0.3%
In 2020, approximately 0.3% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Utah.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2017): 3
In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 3 abortion providers in Utah. The table below compares total Utah abortion facilities by selected year.
Total Abortions (2019): 2,922
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2,922 abortions took place in Utah during 2019. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Utah residents in other states. The table below compares Utah abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2019): 5.8%
In 2019, 5.8% of pregnancies in Utah 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 Utah abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2019): 5.0%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 5.0% of the abortions that took place in Utah were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
- State Abortion Statistics: Comparative state abortion stats by rank, total, percentage, and clinics.
- U.S. Abortion Statistics: Facts and figures relating to the frequency of abortion in the United States.
- U.S. Abortion Law: An overview of the history and legality of abortion in the United States.
- U.S. Abortion History: The 200-year history of abortion in America goes back well before 1973.
For Further Study:
- The Remarkably High Cost of Cheap Sex (Abort73 Blog)
- Does Poverty Lead to Abortion, or Does Abortion Lead to Poverty? (Abort73 Blog)
- The Law Can’t Make Abortion Safe; Birth Control Can’t Make Abortion Rare (Abort73 Blog)
- It’s All the Same: Why Early and Late-Term Abortion are Moral Equivalents (Abort73 Blog)
- The Moral Dilemma of Repeat Abortion (Abort73 Blog)
- Who is Most at Risk to Have an Abortion? (Abort73 Blog)
- Marriage, Contraception, and Unplanned Pregnancy (Abort73 Blog)