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State Facts About Abortion: Definitions and Data Sources

National Background and Context

Jones RK, Finer LB and Singh S, Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients, 2008, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010.

Jones RK, Darroch JE and Henshaw SK, Contraceptive use among U.S. women having abortions in 2000-2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(6):294-303.

Boonstra HD et al., Abortion in Women’s Lives, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2006.

Pregnancies and their Outcomes

United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Bridged-Race Population Estimates, United States July 1st resident population by state, county, age, sex, bridged-race, and Hispanic origin, compiled from 1990-1999 bridged-race intercensal population estimates and 2000-2009 (Vintage 2009) bridged-race postcensal population estimates, on CDC WONDER On-line Database. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/bridged-race-v2009.html on Dec 21, 2010.

Special tabulations. Total pregnancies by occurrence includes total births (from Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD et al. Births: final data for 2008. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2010 Dec. Report No.: 59.), abortions by occurence (from Jones RK and Kooistra K., Abortion Incidence and Access to Services in the United States, 2008, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 43(1).) and miscarriages (estimated as 20% of births plus 10% of abortions).

Jones RK and Kooistra, K., Abortion Incidence and Access to Services in the United States, 2008, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 43(1).

Jones RK, Zolna MRS, Henshaw SK and Finer LB, Abortion in the United States: incidence and access to services, 2005, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 40(1):6-16.

Where do Women Obtain Abortions:

Jones RK and Kooistra, K., Abortion Incidence and Access to Services in the United States, 2008, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 43(1).

Restrictions on Abortion:

Guttmacher Institute, State Policies in Brief, January 2011, <www.guttmacher.org/pubs/spib.html>

Abortion rates, 1991-2005

State rate: 1991-1992: Henshaw SK and Van Vort J, Abortion services in the United States, 1991 and 1992, Family Planning Perspectives, 1994, 26(3):100-106 & 112, Table 2. 1995-1996: Henshaw SK, Abortion incidence and services in the United States, 1995-1996, Family Planning Perspectives, 1998, 30(6):263-270 & 287, Table 2. 1999-2000: Finer LB and Henshaw SK, Abortion incidence and services in the United States in 2000, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2003, 35(1):6-15, Table 2. 2004-2005: Jones RK, Zolna MRS, Henshaw SK and Finer LB, Abortion in the United States: incidence and access to services, 2005, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 40(1):6-16, Table 2. National rate: Jones RK, Zolna MRS, Henshaw SK and Finer LB, Abortion in the United States: incidence and access to services, 2005, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 40(1):6-16, Table 2. 2006-2008: Jones RK and Kooistra, K., Abortion Incidence and Access to Services in the United States, 2008, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 43(1).