Arkansas Abortion Facts
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 AGI or the CDC.
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Total Abortions (2015): 3,771
The Arkansas Department of Health reports that 3,771 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2015.
Total Abortions (2014): 4,073
The Arkansas Department of Health reports that 4,073 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2014.
SOURCE: Arkansas Department of Health
Total Abortions (2013): 3,730
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3,730 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2013. The table below compares Arkansas abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 9.0%
In 2013, 9.0% of pregnancies in Arkansas 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 Arkansas abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 14.1%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 14.1% of the abortions that took place in Arkansas were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2014): 4,590
The Guttmacher Institute reports that 4,590 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2014. In 2011, there were 4,370 abortions reported—compared with 4,890 in 2008 and 4,710 in 2005.
Abortion Rate* (2014): 8
The Guttmacher Institute reports that the 2014 abortion rate for Arkansas was 8. In 2011, the abortion rate in Arkansas was 7.6. It was 8.7 in 2008, 8.3 in 2005, and 9.8 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 Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 9%
In 2011, 51,300 women in Arkansas became pregnant. 76% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 9% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 0.5%
In 2014, 0.5% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Arkansas.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2011): 5
In 2011, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 5 abortion providers in Arkansas. There were 6 providers in 2008, 3 providers in 2005, and 7 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 48 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest—unless an optional rider is purchased.
- The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
- 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.
- An abortion cannot be performed at or after 20 weeks postfertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) unless the woman’s life is endangered or her physical health is severely compromised.