Washington 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): 17,080
The Washington State Department of Health reports that 17,080 abortions took place in Washington during 2016. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Washington residents in other states.
Total Abortions (2015): 17,098
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 17,098 abortions took place in Washington during 2015. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Washington residents in other states. The table below compares Washington abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2015): 16.1%
In 2015, 16.1% of pregnancies in Washington 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 Washington abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2015): 4.5%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 4.5% of the abortions that took place in Washington were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Estimated Total Abortions (2014): 19,230
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 19,230 abortions took place in Washington during 2014. In 2011, an estimated 21,880 abortions occured—compared with an estimated 24,320 in 2008 and 23,260 in 2005.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2014): 18%
In 2014, an estimated 18% of pregnancies in Washington 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 (88,585)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.
Estimated Abortion Rate* (2014): 13.7
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2014 abortion rate for Washington was 13.7. In 2011, the abortion rate in Washington was 16. It was 18.3 in 2008, 17.5 in 2005, and 20.2 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): 2.1%
In 2014, approximately 2.1% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Washington.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 50
In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 50 abortion providers in Washington. There were 45 providers in 2011, 50 providers in 2008, 49 providers in 2005, and 53 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
Washington does not have any state-level abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly-funded abortions.
- 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)