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The Number Of Abortion Providers Dropped Nationwide. Here Are The Stats You Need To Know

The number of abortion providers in the U.S. has dropped seven percent in recent years, according to information released by the Guttmacher Institute on Sunday.

The total number of abortion clinics in the U.S. fell from 851 in 2011 to 788 in 2014, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The decrease in number of clinics results largely from the fact that 23 states now have abortion restrictions, and 66 percent of clinics also don’t allow abortions past 20 weeks gestation, according to the data.

North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kentucky, West Virginia, Missouri and Mississippi have only one abortion clinic as of May 2017.

New York, meanwhile, has 95 abortion clinics, Idaho has 50, Florida scores in at 71, and California has 152 clinics.

Photo: Courtesy of Guttmacher Institute

Similarly, despite the fact that the overall U.S. abortion rate declined by 25 percent between 2008 and 2014, abortions are still quite common. Almost 25 percent of women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45, according to a new analysis by Guttmacher Institute researchers. (Related: US Abortion Rate Plummeted By 25 Percent Over The Last Few Years, Study Says).

Here are some other facts from the most recent stats on abortion that shouldn’t go unnoticed:

  • As of 2012, the average cost of a surgical abortion at 10 weeks was $480. Early medication abortions up to 9 weeks gestation cost $504.
  • The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women according to the National Abortion Federation (NAF).
  • Almost half of U.S. pregnancies were unintended in 2011, and 40 percent of those pregnancies were terminated according to Guttmacher Institute’s most recent data on accidental pregnancies.
  • Over 70 percent of women who had abortions in 2014 were not married or cohabiting and unmarried.
  • In 2013, approximately 37.4 percent of all pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion according to the Center For Disease Control (CDC).
  • Unintended pregnancies, abortions and miscarriages resulting from unintended pregnancies cost federal and state governments $21.0 billion in public expenditures in 2010.
  • The risk of death due to abortions before eight weeks gestation is low, but the rate increases by 22.3 percent after 18 weeks gestation according to Guttmacher’s 2017 fact sheet.

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