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Mississippi 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 Mississippi

In 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, elective abortion became illegal in Mississippi. An abortion shall only be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother or if the pregnancy was caused by rape. A formal charge of rape must be filed with an appropriate law enforcement official before the abortion can take place. The performance or attempted performance of an illegal abortion is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 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: Mississippi Code Title 41. Public Health § 41-41-45

STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2020): 3,559

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports that 3,559 abortions took place in Mississippi during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Mississippi residents in other states.

SOURCE: Mississippi State Department of Health

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 3,560

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,560 abortions took place in Mississippi during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Mississippi residents in other states. The table below compares Mississippi abortion totals by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3,560 2,550 2,290 2,220 2,770 3,090

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 9.1%

In 2020, an estimated 9.1% of pregnancies in Mississippi 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): 6.1

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Mississippi was 6.1. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Mississippi abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
MS 6.1 4.3 3.8 3.7 4.6 4.9
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): 0.4%

In 2020, approximately 0.4% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Mississippi.

Abortion Clinics in Mississippi (2017): 1

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 1 abortion clinics in Mississippi and 3 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total Mississippi abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3 2 2 2 2

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

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2019): 3,194

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3,194 abortions took place in Mississippi during 2019. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Mississippi residents in other states. The table below compares Mississippi abortion totals by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,005 2,594 2,569 2,613 2,303 2,170 2,176 2,224 2,297 2,438
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
3,005 2,594 2,569 2,613 2,303
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
2,170 2,176 2,224 2,297 2,438

Abortion Percentage (2019): 8.0%

In 2019, 8.0% of pregnancies in Mississippi 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 Mississippi abortion percentages by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
MS 7.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.4% 5.6% 5.3% 5% 5% 5% 5%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
MS 7.5% 6.5% 6.4% 6.4% 5.6%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1%
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
MS 5.3% 5% 5% 5% 5%
U.S.* 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2019): 10.5%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 10.5% of the abortions that took place in Mississippi 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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