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Utah 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 Utah

In 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, elective abortion became illegal in Utah. This prohibition does not apply to the removal of a miscarried child. Neither does it apply in cases of ectopic pregnancy. An abortion shall only be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother, to prevent serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function, to remove a child with a lethal fetal anomaly, or if the conception occurred because of rape or incest. In the case of sexual assault, it must be reported to law enforcement before an abortion can take place. The performance of an illegal abortion in Utah is a second degree felony. It may also result in the revocation of one’s medical license.

SOURCE: S.B. 174 Abortion Prohibition Amendments

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 3,120

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 3,120 abortions took place in Utah during 2020. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Utah residents in other states. The table below compares Utah abortion totals by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3,120 2,990 2,960 3,290 4,000 3,630

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 6.4%

In 2020, an estimated 6.4% of pregnancies in Utah 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): 4.4

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for Utah was 4.4. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares Utah abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
UT 4.4 4.4 4.6 5.4 6.7 6.4
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 Utah.

Abortion Clinics in Utah (2017): 3

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 3 abortion clinics in Utah and 12 facilities that performed abortion. The table below compares total Utah abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
12 6 9 7 6

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

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2019): 2,922

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 2,922 abortions took place in Utah during 2019. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on Utah residents in other states. The table below compares Utah abortion totals by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,082 2,923 3,008 3,176 2,948 3,102 3,273 3,386 3,780 3,665
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
3,082 2,923 3,008 3,176 2,948
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
3,102 3,273 3,386 3,780 3,665

Abortion Percentage (2019): 5.8%

In 2019, 5.8% of pregnancies in Utah 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 Utah abortion percentages by year.

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
UT 6.1% 5.7% 5.7% 5.9% 5.5% 5.7% 6% 6% 7% 6%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%
2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
UT 6.1% 5.7% 5.7% 5.9% 5.5%
U.S.* 15.9% 15.6% 15.7% 15.8% 16.1%
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
UT 5.7% 6% 6% 7% 6%
U.S.* 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2019): 5.0%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 5.0% of the abortions that took place in Utah 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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