Statistics: Abortion-Related Deaths

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See our article Abortion-Related Deaths for some commentary on these statistics.

Abortion-Related Deaths

Maternal deaths
Year1Legal Abortions Legal abortions Illegal abortions
1958-622 5 3593
1963-672 4 2723
1968-692 4 111
1970 36 109
1971 54 65
1972 24 41
1973 615,831 25 21
1974 763,476 26 7
1975 854,853 29 4
1976 988,267 11 3
1977 1,079,430 17 4
1978 1,157,776 9 7
1979 1,251,921 18 0
1980 1,297,606 9 2
1981 1,300,760 7
1982-84 3,906,488 34
1985-874 4,010,353 26


Notes:

1. The odd grouping of years and missing data for some years are due to the way data was reported in the mix of sources we used.

2. 1958-1971 are estimates from the Population Council "inflated to comparability with data for later years".

3. Includes deaths from miscarriages.

4. Because there are so many difficulties in getting accurate reports of abortion-related deaths, the government stopped collecting these statistics in 1987.


Sources: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 1994. Hyattsville, Maryland: Public Health Service, 1995. Table #17 (Data based primarily on reporting by State health departments and by facilities performing abortions.)

Abortion Surveillance 1985, Center for Disease Control, Table #18.

Induced Abortion: World Review 1983, by Christopher Tietze, The Population Council, p 103


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Posted 16 Sep 2000.

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