Louisiana 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): 10,211
The Department of Health & Hospitals reports that 10,211 abortions took place in Louisiana during 2014.
SOURCE: Department of Health & Hospitals
Total Abortions (2013): 9,977
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 9,977 abortions took place in Louisiana during 2013. The table below compares Louisiana abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2013): 13.6%
In 2013, 13.6% of pregnancies in Louisiana 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 Louisiana abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2013): 11.4%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 11.4% of the abortions that took place in Louisiana were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Total Abortions (2011): 12,210
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that 12,210 abortions took place in Louisiana during 2011. In 2008, there were 14,860 abortions reported—compared with 11,400 in 2005.
Total Abortions Rank (2011): #20
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Louisiana's 2011 abortion total places it at number 20 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): 13.1
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) reports that the 2011 abortion rate for Louisiana was 13.1. In 2008, the abortion rate in Louisiana was 16.1. It was 11.7 in 2005 and 13.0 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): #23 (tie)
Out of the 50 states (+ Washington DC) that AGI lists data for, Louisiana's 2011 abortion rate places it at number 23 (tie) 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): 14%
In 2011, 87,700 women in Louisiana became pregnant. 71% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 14% in induced abortions. The remaining pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
Total Abortion Facilities (2011): 7
In 2011, the Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 7 abortion providers in Louisiana. There were 7 providers in 2008, 9 providers in 2005, and 13 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- Abortion would be banned if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned.
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 hours before the abortion takes place.
- Health plans offered in the state’s health exchange cannot cover abortion.
- 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.
- A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion and must be given the option to view the image.
- 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.