Abortion Statistics – How many abortions per year?

By Bedbible Research Center / September 13, 2023

Abortion is always a heavily discussed topic where a lot of numbers are thrown around. In such a manner that it’s typically difficult to understand what is true and what is fake news.

Since abortion is an important topic we have in The Bedbible Research Center decided to do in-depth research that investigates the most popular areas of abortion.

This report is the newest and most comprehensive on the topic. Our dataset has 42.428 respondents (all women from the US) and focuses on the period 2000 – 2022 (+estimates from 2023 to 2030).

We’ll continuously keep this page updated with new stats and facts as we learn more. Stay tuned and keep visiting this site if you want the latest abortion numbers and statistics.

Please get in contact to get the full dataset – available for SPSS, Stata, R, & SAS or as simple CSV or TxT files. Reach out to: researchcenter@bedbible.com. You are more than welcome to use the findings we just require that you source reference us accordingly – even though it’s through third-parties.

Key Findings

  • There were 652,989 abortions in the USA in 2022
  • 11 out of 1,000 women get an abortion every year
  • 1 out of 4 pregnancies end in abortion
  • 57.7% of abortions are from women that are 20-29 years old
  • 91% of abortions are Medical (before week 9) and Surgical (before week 13) – so in the start
  • There were 1.534 facilities in the US that provided abortions in 2022
  • 80.9% of abortions occur within the first 9 weeks (Approx. 2 months)
  • 0.31 persons for every 100,000 die from an abortion
  • The majority of Women (67%) get an abortion because they are a) not ready, b) don’t have the money, or c) don’t want one more child
  • The average price of an abortion is 568$
  • 64% of US citizens think abortion is a personal medical decision and not something that the state should dictate
  • 5 out of 10 abortions happen in an official clinic
  • 4 out of 10 abortions were on non-Hispanic and black women

In this research

Data & Methodology

  • 42.428 female respondents
  • Only data from US citizens
  • We’re only including data from abortions done by professionals in a clinic/hospital.
  • Period of interest: 2000 – 2022
  • The research relies on qualitative and quantitative data (mixed method research approach)
  • Quantitative data is gathered from existing online data as well as our own survey
  • Qualitative data is gathered from experts within this field; Doctors, and females who have experienced an abortion.

How many abortions per year?

The total number of abortions in the USA is 652,989 in 2022. This is a slight increase from 650,729 in 2021 and 620,327 in 2020. We suspect this increase is due to the COVID-19 effect.

The total number of abortions is decreasing significantly every year. The reasons are among others that; a) we’re becoming a more knowledgeable society. We know what happens if we don’t use some kind of birth control. The amount of pregnancies is also declining. b) politics; a minority of states have closed down the opportunity to get an abortion. c) it’s possible that more and more are self-managing abortions (so basically doing it out of clinics).

The abortion ratio tells us the same story, that fewer and fewer females are getting an abortion. Actually, only 11 women out of 1.000 in 2022 got an abortion. That number hasn’t been lower.

By country (USA)


By ratio

Ratio Number of abortions pr. 1.000 women (ratio)

Age of women who get an abortion?

57.7% of abortions are from women who are 20-29 years old.

More interesting is that the age of 15-19 has gone from 13.5% in 2011 to 8.1%, and 25-29 years old has gone from 24.9% to 29.4%. This is an expression of the fact that people are getting older when trying to get a child.

3.5 women out of 100 are less than 15 years old or older than 39 years old when getting a child.


There are 6 different ways that hospitals/clinics conduct a professional abortion:

  1. Surgical <= 13 weeks gestation (Explanation: is a minor operation either awake or sleep)
  2. Surgical >13 weeks gestation. (Explanation: is a minor operation either awake or asleep)
  3. Medical <= 9 weeks gestation (Explanation: you take two medications; mifepristone and misoprostol)
  4. Medical >9 weeks gestation (Explanation: you take two medications; mifepristone and misoprostol)
  5. Intrauterine instillation (Explanation: instillation abortion is a rarely used method of late-term abortion, performed by injecting a solution into the uterus)
  6. Hysterectomy (Explanation: surgical removal of the womb (uterus). You’ll no longer be able to get pregnant after the operation. Also known as Sterile)

As it appears on the pie chart, 91% of abortions are Medical (before week 9) and Surgical (before week 13).

Most popular types of abortions

How many places offer abortion?

In 2022 there were 1.534 facilities in the US that provide abortions. This is almost half as many as in 1982 when 2.908 providers were registered. The reason for this is a) fewer pregnant and abortions are made and b) providers are getting bigger and more specialized, so there are fewer small and more big providers available.

There are 4 types of abortion places:

  1. Physicians’ offices
  2. Hospitals
  3. Abortion Clinics
  4. Other clinics
Number of abortion providers

When do abortions occur?

80.9% of abortions occur within the first 9 weeks (2 months).

Only 7 out of 100 abortions occur from week 14 and later on.

This is of course due to the fact that the law makes it more and more difficult to get an abortion the more weeks you’re pregnant.

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Risks of having an abortion?

Only 0.31 persons per. 100,000 die from abortion. That is close to nothing.

As you can see below table this statistic has changed a lot since 1973. The primary reason for this is the development in the health sector (we’re more educated and have better equipment/software at hand)

YearTotal reported deathsDeaths per 100,000 abortion
1973 – 19771492.09
1978 – 1982710.78
1983 – 1987590.66
1988 – 1992600.74
1993 – 1997410.52
1998 – 2002420.63
2003 – 2007380.60
2008 – 2012360.65
2013 – 2019300.43
2020 – 2022240.31

Why do women get an abortion?

The majority of Women (67%) get an abortion because they are a) not ready, b) don’t have the money, or c) don’t want one more child.

Violence or health problems only account for 8 abortions out of 100. Including rape which accounts for 1 abortion out of 100.

3%Fetal health problems
4%Physical health problems
4%Interfere with education or career
7%Not mature
8%Don’t want to be a single mom
19%Don’t want one more child
25%Not ready

How much does an abortion cost?

The average price of an abortion is 568$.

The price and cost of abortion are cheaper in the first trimester and more expensive in the second trimester.

If you do not have the money for an abortion. You can apply to abortion funds here: https://abortionfunds.org/

What's the price of an abortion

Abortion vs. politics (the current state)

There are many opinions on abortion (especially here in the US). Some are more extreme than others.

Common for all surveys/polls is that the majority (64%) think abortion is a personal medical decision. And did therefore not think that Roe v. Wade should have been overturned.

Making it a crime for a woman to cross state lines to get an abortion that would result in either fines or prison time19%80%
Allowing private citizens to sue people who provide or assist women in getting an abortion19%80%
Making it a crime for a woman to get an abortion that would result in either fines or prison time20%79%
Making it a crime for doctors to perform abortions that would result in either fines or prison time26%73%
Prohibiting abortions once cardiac activity, sometimes known as a fetal heartbeat, is detected, usually around six weeks44%54%
Requiring women to wait 24 hours between meeting with a healthcare provider and getting an abortion67%32%

About the lead researcher

Jacob B.

Master of Science (M.Sc.), Business Intelligence

Recent research:

I’m Jacob, and I’ve worked on this research for the past 2 months. The work has included coordination of quotes from experts, gathering of data, analyzing the dataset in R, designing figures/graphs, and most important reading through the research after it’s done to secure that its fact-checked and does not have any errors.

Short about me; I have several years of experience being coordinated in such big research projects. My main priority is to secure that all Data & Methodology is handled with the best practice. And thereby secure that all statistics about abortion are trustworthy and reliable. If you have any questions about the above please reach out to me at: jacob@bedbible.com

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