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FACT: 1,788 Abortions Take Place in the United States Every Day

Source: Abortion Surveillance 2014, CDC

In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Compared with 2013, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2014 decreased 2%, and the ratio decreased 7%. Additionally, from 2005 to 2014, the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 21%, 22%, and 22%, respectively. In 2014, all three measures reached their lowest level for the entire period of analysis (2005—2014).

Women in their twenties accounted for the majority of abortions in 2014 and throughout the period of analysis. The majority of abortions in 2014 took place early in gestation: 91.5% of abortions were performed at ≤13 weeks’ gestation; a smaller number of abortions (7.2%) were performed at 14–20 weeks’ gestation, and even fewer (1.3%) were performed at ≥21 weeks’ gestation. In 2014, 22.6% of all abortions were early medical abortions. The percentage of abortions reported as early medical abortions increased 110% from 2005 to 2014, with a 1% increase from 2013 to 2014.
Source: Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2014 Surveillance Summaries, November 24, 2017, 66(24);1–48, MMWR.

Adoption Statistics

(Sources: National Council for Adoption, 2007; Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 2010)

As of 2007, the last year for which NCFA collected and assembled nationwide adoption data, there were approximately 133,737 domestic adoptions annually in the United States, broken down as follows:

  • Children of all ages who were adopted by relative(s): 57,248
  • Children of all ages who were adopted by non-relative(s), including adoptions via foster care or other private placements: 76,489
    • Adoptions of children with special needs: 32,402
    • Domestic infant adoptions: 18,078
  • Approximately 1% of pregnant, unmarried women choose adoption
  • Two-thirds of Americans have had a personal experience with adoption, whether they know someone who was adopted, have adopted a child, or have placed a child for adoption
  • Approximately 7% of the American population is adopted
  • Four in 10 Americans have considered adopting a child
  • In a recent survey, 78% of respondents held the opinion that the U.S. should do more to promote and encourage adoption