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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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LEGAL STATUS OF ABORTION IN West Virginia

In September, 2022—following the reversal of Roe v. Wade, elective abortion became illegal in West Virginia. An abortion shall only be permitted if it is deemed necessary to preserve the life of the mother or to avert substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions. This prohibition does not apply to the removal of a miscarried child. Neither does it apply in cases of ectopic pregnancy. The performance of an illegal abortion in West Virginia is subject to discipline from the applicable licensure board, including, but not limited to, loss of professional license to practice. The performance of an abortion by a non-medical professional is a felony punishable by 3-10 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: House Bill 302

STATE-LEVEL DATA

Total Abortions (2022): 831

The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources reports that 831 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2022. 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

CDC DATA

Total Abortions (2021): 1,375

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 1,375 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2021. 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.

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
1,001 1,183 1,507 1,436 1,428 1,516 1,730 1,876 1,828 1,837
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
1,001 1,183 1,507 1,436 1,428
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
1,516 1,730 1,876 1,828 1,837

Abortion Percentage (2021): 7.4%

In 2021, 7.4% 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.

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
WV 5.5% 6.1% 7.7% 7.1% 7.0% 7.1% 7.8% 8.3% 8% 8%
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
WV 5.5% 6.1% 7.7% 7.1% 7.0%
U.S.* 16.9% 16.5% 15.9% 15.6% 15.7%
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
WV 7.1% 7.8% 8.3% 8% 8%
U.S.* 15.8% 16.1% 16.7% 17% 18%

Out-of-State Abortion Percentage (2021): 16.1%

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 16.1% 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, 2021

GUTTMACHER DATA

Estimated Total Abortions (2020): 990

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 990 abortions took place in West Virginia during 2020. 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.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
990 1,430 2,020 2,390 2,280 2,360

Estimated Abortion Percentage (2020): 5.5%

In 2020, an estimated 5.5% 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—as reported by the CDC—and estimated abortions.

Estimated Abortion Rate* (2020): 3.1

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the 2020 abortion rate for West Virginia was 3.1. The 2020 abortion rate across the entire United States was 14.4. The table below compares West Virginia abortion rates by selected year.

2020 2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
WV 3.1 4.4 6 7 6.6 6.7
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): 0.1%

In 2020, approximately 0.1% of all U.S. abortions occurred in West Virginia.

Abortion Clinics in West Virginia (2017): 1

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

2017 2014 2011 2008 2005
3 5 4 4 4

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

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