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Arkansas Abortion Statistics

State abortion statistics from the leading public and private sources.

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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 often 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; the CDC totals are made up of the actual abortion counts reported to the state health department by each abortion facility.

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LEGAL STATUS OF ABORTION IN Arkansas

In 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, elective abortion became illegal in Arkansas. This prohibition does not apply to the removal of a miscarried child. Neither does it apply in cases of ectopic pregnancy. An abortion shall be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of a pregnant woman. The performance or attempted performance of an illegal abortion in Arkansas is an unnamed felony punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years. No woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted may be charged or convicted of a criminal offense in the death of her own unborn child.

SOURCE: Senate Bill 6 | The Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act

STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2021): 3,133

The Arkansas Department of Health reports that 3,133 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2021. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Arkansas residents in other states.

Total Abortions (2020): 3,154

The Arkansas Department of Health reports that 3,154 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Arkansas residents in other states.

SOURCE: Arkansas Department of Health

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 3,250

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,250 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Arkansas residents in other states. The table below compares Arkansas abortion totals by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3,250 3,200 4,590 4,370 4,890 4,710

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 8.5%

In 2020, an estimated 8.5% of pregnancies in Arkansas 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—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2020): 5.6

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Arkansas was 5.6. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Arkansas abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
AR 5.6 5.5 8 7.6 8.7 8.3
U.S. 14.4 13.5 14.6 16.9 19.4 19.4

*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2020): 0.3%

In 2020, approximately 0.3% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Arkansas.

Abortion Clinics in Arkansas (2017): 3

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 3 abortion clinics in Arkansas and 4 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total Arkansas abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
4 4 5 6 3

SOURCE: https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/state-facts-about-abortion-arkansas

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2019): 2,963

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2,963 abortions took place in Arkansas during 2019. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Arkansas residents in other states. The table below compares Arkansas abortion totals by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,069 3,249 3,207 3,771 4,253 3,730 3,782 4,033 4,532 4,580
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
3,069 3,249 3,207 3,771 4,253
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,730 3,782 4,033 4,532 4,580

Abortion Percentage (2019): 7.5%

In 2019, 7.5% 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.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
AR 7.7% 8.0% 7.7% 8.8% 9.9% 9.0% 9% 9% 11% 10%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
AR 7.7% 8.0% 7.7% 8.8% 9.9%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1%
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
AR 9.0% 9% 9% 11% 10%
U.S.* 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2019): 11.4%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 11.4% of the abortions that took place in Arkansas were performed on out-of-state residents.

*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2019

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