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West Virginia 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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STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2017): 1,436

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources reports that 1,436 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2017. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on West Virginia residents in other states.

Total Abortions (2016): 1,428

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources reports that 1,428 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2016. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on West Virginia residents in other states.

SOURCE: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources


GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2017): 1,430

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 1,430 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2017. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on West Virginia residents in other states. The table below compares West Virginia abortion totals by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
1,430 2,020 2,390 2,280 2,360

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2017): 7.1%

In 2017, an estimated 7.1% of pregnancies in West Virginia 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 (18,675)—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2017): 4.4

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2017 abortion rate for West Virginia was 4.4. The 2017 abortion rate across the entire United States was 13.5. The table below compares West Virginia abortion rates by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
WV 4.4 6 7 6.6 6.7
U.S. 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 (2017): 0.2%

In 2017, approximately 0.2% of all U.S. abortions occurred in West Virginia.

Facilities That Perform Abortions (2014): 5

In 2017, the Guttmacher Institute reports that there were 1 abortion providers in West Virginia. The table below compares total West Virginia abortion facilities by selected year.

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
1 5 4 4 4

State Abortion Restrictions (2019):

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling about abortion and then wait 24 hours before the abortion takes place.
  • The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
  • The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion can take place.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest, or fetal impairment.
  • 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.
  • Dilation and evacuation abortions are prohibited except in cases of life endangerment or severely compromised physical health.

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


CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2015): 1,516

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1,516 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2015. This number includes abortions performed on out-of-state residents but does not include abortions performed on West Virginia residents in other states. The table below compares West Virginia abortion totals by year.

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
1,516 1,730 1,876 1,828 1,837 1,999 1,772 1,983 1,853 2,036
2014 2014 2013 2012 2011
1,516 1,730 1,876 1,828 1,837
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
1,999 1,772 1,983 1,853 2,036

Abortion Percentage (2015): 7.1%

In 2015, 7.1% of pregnancies in West Virginia 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 West Virginia abortion percentages by year.

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
WV 7.1% 7.8% 8.3% 8% 8% 9% 8% 8% 8% 9%
U.S.* 15.8% 15.7% 16.7% 17% 18% 19% 19% 19% 19% 19%
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
West Virginia 7.1% 7.8% 8.3% 8% 8%
United States* 15.8% 15.7% 16.7% 17% 18%
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
WV 9% 8% 8% 8% 9%
U.S.* 19% 19% 19% 19% 19%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2015): 12.7%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 12.7% of the abortions that took place in West Virginia were performed on out-of-state residents.

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

SOURCE: Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2015

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