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Texas 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 Texas

In 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, elective abortion became illegal in Texas. An abortion shall only be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother or to prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. The threat of suicide does not constitute a legal justification for abortion. The performance of an illegal abortion in Texas is a first degree felony punishable by no less than $100,000. The failed attempt to perform an illegal abortion is a 2nd degree felony. The performance or attempt to perform an illegal abortion will further result in the revocation of one’s medical license. 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: H.B. No. 1280

STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2022): 17,514

The Texas Health and Human Services reports that 17,514 abortions took place in Texas during 2022. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Texas residents in other states.

SOURCE: Texas Health and Human Services

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2021): 51,860

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 51,860 abortions took place in Texas during 2021. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Texas residents in other states. The table below compares Texas abortion totals by year.

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
55,132 57,275 55,140 53,277 53,481 53,940 54,148 63,168 68,201 72,332
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
55,132 57,275 55,140 53,277 53,481
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
53,940 54,148 63,168 68,201 72,332

Abortion Percentage (2021): 12.2%

In 2021, 12.2% of pregnancies in Texas 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 Texas abortion percentages by year.

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
TX 13.0% 13.2% 12.7% 12.2% 11.8% 11.8% 11.9% 14.0% 15% 16%
U.S.* 16.9% 16.5% 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18%
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
TX 13.0% 13.2% 12.7% 12.2% 11.8%
U.S.* 16.9% 16.5% 15.9% 15.6% 15.7%
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
TX 11.8% 11.9% 14.0% 15% 16%
U.S.* 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2021): 2.1%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2.1% of the abortions that took place in Texas were performed on out-of-state residents.

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

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2021

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 58,030

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 58,030 abortions took place in Texas during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Texas residents in other states. The table below compares Texas abortion totals by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
58,030 55,440 55,230 73,200 84,610 85,670

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 13.7%

In 2020, an estimated 13.7% of pregnancies in Texas 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): 9.5

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Texas was 9.5. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Texas abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
TX 9.5 9.4 9.8 13.5 16.5 17.3
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): 6.2%

In 2020, approximately 6.2% of all U.S. abortions occurred in Texas.

Abortion Clinics in Texas (2017): 21

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 21 abortion clinics in Texas and 35 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total Texas abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
35 44 62 67 64

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

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