According to data released by the Charlotte Lozier Pro-Life Institute, during 2019, there was a 2.3% increase in abortions over 2018.
The data is for 39 states that released abortion statistics in 2019, and while data is missing from the remaining states, it serves to see the upward trend repeated as it was in 2018 over 2017.
States voluntarily share their abortion statistics with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for inclusion in annual reports typically released two years later.
Because not all states publish their data and each has different standards, the number of abortions published by the CDC is estimated to be at least 30% less than the Guttmacher Institute’s independent estimates.
The 2019 data relied upon for this report corresponds to that published by the states as the CDC report is not yet available.
Of the 39 states that released their data, 21 states reported an increase in abortions over 2018, while 17 reported a decrease.
As in 2018, states that are more permissive of abortion saw greater growth than states that protect life.
The most significant percentage increase was in Iowa, at more than 25%, and the cause may have been an uptick after a large drop in 2018 when several abortion facilities in the state were closed between late 2017 and early 2018. Other states that showed a significant percentage increase were Idaho and Delaware.
It should be noted that the increase in the total number of abortions was not primarily driven by the states named above, as they are small states and have a low number of abortions. The difference was made by states such as Illinois, which had an increase of over 4000 abortions, Georgia and Texas with increases of over 2000 each, and Florida with almost 1700.
Concerning percentage decreases, the largest drops were seen in Missouri and West Virginia, probably due to pro-life policies. Missouri’s chemical abortion regulations caused the state’s single abortion center to send most women for out-of-state abortions. In turn, in West Virginia in November 2018, a change was made to the state constitution whereby abortion is no longer a right and taxpayers should not have to pay for abortions to be performed.
And as for the decrease in numbers, Missouri showed the biggest drop at over 1400 abortions,, and Tennessee had almost 1200 fewer abortions.
Another issue to keep in mind is chemical abortions, as they increased over 2018, both percentage-wise and quantity-wise.
In 2018, chemical abortions accounted for 41% of all abortions,, and in 2019, they went to 44%. And this number could be even higher considering that many states still did not report data on chemical abortions.
This increase will likely continue in subsequent years due to the pandemic that the world is experiencing since, as a result of the restrictions implemented by the states, there were fewer regulations for this type of abortion since the abortion pills were allowed to be delivered by mail when previously they were only provided in person.
While initially intended as a temporary change, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating whether it should remain in place. (FDA) is evaluating making it permanent.
Chemical abortions pose a greater risk to women than surgical abortions.
There is a possibility that in the next few years, there will be a drop in the number of abortions if the Heartbeat Law recently implemented by the state of Texas, which many other pro-life states want to replicate, remains in effect.