Pennsylvania 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 generally 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. For 2014, 58% of queried providers responded to their information request. Abortion totals were estimated for the 42% of abortion providers who did not respond.
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Total Abortions (2016): 30,881
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports that 30,881 abortions took place in Pennsylvania during 2016. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Pennsylvania residents in other states.
Total Abortions (2015): 31,818
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 31,818 abortions took place in Pennsylvania during 2015. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Pennsylvania residents in other states. The table below compares Pennsylvania abortion totals by year.
Abortion Percentage (2015): 18.4%
In 2015, 18.4% of pregnancies in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania abortion percentages by year.
Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2015): 5.0%
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 5.0% of the abortions that took place in Pennsylvania were performed on out-of-state residents.
*U.S. averages are limited to reporting districts.
Estimated Total Abortions (2014): 32,030
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 32,030 abortions took place in Pennsylvania during 2014. In 2011, an estimated 36,870 abortions occured—compared with an estimated 41,000 in 2008 and 34,150 in 2005.
Estimated Abortion Percentage (2014): 18%
In 2014, an estimated 18% of pregnancies in Pennsylvania 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 (142,268)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.
Estimated Abortion Rate* (2014): 13.3
The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2014 abortion rate for Pennsylvania was 13.3. In 2011, the abortion rate in Pennsylvania was 15.1. It was 17 in 2008, 13.8 in 2005, and 14.3 in 2000. The 2014 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.6.
*The abortion rate is the number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.
Percentage of All U.S. Abortions (2014): 3.5%
In 2014, approximately 3.5% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Pennsylvania.
Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 42
In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 42 abortion providers in Pennsylvania. There were 47 providers in 2011, 50 providers in 2008, 56 providers in 2005, and 73 providers in 2000.
State Abortion Restrictions (2016):
- 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 can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest—unless an optional rider is purchased..
- Public health insurance can only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- 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.