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(Illustration by Rachel Beatty)

189

The number of abortions for every 1,000 live births among U.S. women in 2018, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the CDC figures show a 22 percent overall decline in U.S. abortions since 2009, the agency also reported a 120 percent increase in the use of chemical “medication” abortions since 2009, performed on unborn babies of less than 10 weeks of gestation. The agency reported 619,591 abortions in 2018, but that total is a significant undercount, relying on voluntary reporting from states and excluding California, Maryland, and New Hampshire. (The figure also does not include abortions caused by abortifacients.)

364 

The number of abortions for every 1,000 live births among U.S. women in 1984, according to available CDC data.

518 

The number of abortions for every 1,000 live births in the District of Columbia in 2018.

40%

The percentage of abortions performed chemically (typically in pill form) rather than surgically in the United States in 2018.

58%

The percentage of 2018 abortions in CDC data that were performed on U.S. women in their 20s.

85% 

The percentage of U.S. women receiving abortions who were unmarried.