Iowa Abortion Statistics
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 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.
To read abortion stories from Iowa, visit: Abortion Stories (Iowa)
Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 3,510
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,510 abortions took place in Iowa during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Iowa residents in other states. The table below compares Iowa abortion totals by selected year.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 8.9%
In 2020, an estimated 8.9% of pregnancies in Iowa 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): 5.9
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Iowa was 5.9. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Iowa abortion rates by selected year.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2020): 0.4%
In 2020, approximately 0.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Iowa.
Abortion Clinics in Iowa (2017): 8
In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 8 abortion clinics in Iowa and 9 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total Iowa abortion facilities by selected year.
State Abortion Restrictions (2022):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 hours before the abortion takes place.
- The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion can take place.
- Public funding can only cover abortion 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.
Total Abortions (2020): 4,058
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 4,058 abortions took place in Iowa during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Iowa residents in other states. The table below compares Iowa abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2020): 8.7%
In 2020, 10.1% of pregnancies in Iowa 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 Iowa abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2020): 16.7%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 16.7% of the abortions that took place in Iowa were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
- State Abortion Statistics: Comparative state abortion stats by rank, total, percentage, and clinics.
- U.S. Abortion Statistics: Facts and figures relating to the frequency of abortion in the United States.
- U.S. Abortion Law: An overview of the history and legality of abortion in the United States.
- U.S. Abortion History: The 200-year history of abortion in America goes back well before 1973.
For Further Study:
- The Remarkably High Cost of Cheap Sex (Abort73 Blog)
- Does Poverty Lead to Abortion, or Does Abortion Lead to Poverty? (Abort73 Blog)
- The Law Can’t Make Abortion Safe; Birth Control Can’t Make Abortion Rare (Abort73 Blog)
- It’s All the Same: Why Early and Late-Term Abortion are Moral Equivalents (Abort73 Blog)
- The Moral Dilemma of Repeat Abortion (Abort73 Blog)
- Who is Most at Risk to Have an Abortion? (Abort73 Blog)
- Marriage, Contraception, and Unplanned Pregnancy (Abort73 Blog)