Colorado Abortion Facts
State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.
Collective state abortion statistics are gathered privately by The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) 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 (2014): 10,648
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports that 10,648 abortions took place in Colorado during 2014.
SOURCE: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Total Abortions (2013): 10,199
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 10,199 abortions took place in Colorado during 2013. The table below compares Colorado abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 13.6%
In 2013, 13.6% of pregnancies in Colorado 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 Colorado abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 10.1%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 10.1% of the abortions that took place in Colorado were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2011): 14,710
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 14,710 abortions took place in Colorado during 2011. In 2008, there were 15,960 abortions reported—compared with 16,120 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #18
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Colorado's 2011 abortion total places it at number 18 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the most abortions and #51 is the state or district with the fewest).
Abortion Rate* (2011): 14.2
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Colorado was 14.2. In 2008, the abortion rate in Colorado was 15.7. It was 16.1 in 2005 and 15.9 in 2000. The 2011 abortion rate across the entire United States was 16.9.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Abortion Rate Rank (2011): #20
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Colorado's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 20 on the list (#1 on the list is the state or district with the highest abortion rate and #51 is the state or district with the lowest).
Percentage of Pregnancies Ending in Abortion (2011): 16%
In 2011, 94,200 women in Colorado became pregnant. 69% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 16% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 42
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 42 abortion providers in Colorado. There were 42 providers in 2008, 43 providers in 2005, and 40 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- Abortion is not covered in insurance policies for public employees.
- The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.