Abortion The abortion debate most commonly relates to the "induced abortion" of an embryo or fetus at some point in a pregnancy, which is also how the term is used in a legal sense. In medical parlance, "abortion" can refer to either miscarriage or abortion until the fetus is viable. After viability, doctors call an abortion a "termination of pregnancy".
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SinceCDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States. Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City.
The reporting areas provide this information voluntarily. Fordata were received from 48 reporting areas. For the purpose of trend analysis, abortion data were evaluated from the 45 areas that reported data every year during — Census and natality data, respectively, were used to calculated abortion rates number of abortions per 1, women and ratios number of abortions per 1, live births.
A total ofabortions were reported to CDC for Of these abortions, Among these same 45 reporting areas, the abortion rate for was Inwomen aged 20—24 and 25—29 years accounted for Inadolescents aged 15—19 years accounted for Throughout the period of analysis, the percentage of all abortions accounted for by adolescents and the adolescent abortion rate decreased.
In contrast to the percentage distribution of abortions and abortion rates by age, abortion ratios in and throughout the entire period of analysis were highest among adolescents and lowest among women aged 30—39 years.
Inmost Deaths of women associated with complications from abortions for are being investigated under CDC's Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System.
Inthe most recent year for which data were available, 12 women were reported to have died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortions. No reported deaths were associated with known illegal induced abortions. Among the 45 areas that reported data every year during —, the gradual decrease that had occurred during previous decades in the total number and rate of reported abortions continued throughwhereas year-to-year variation from to resulted in no net change during this later period.
However, the change from to for both the total number of abortions and the abortion rate was the largest single year decrease during —, and all three measures of abortion total numbers, rates, and ratios decreased to the lowest level observed during this period.
Unintended pregnancy is the major contributor to abortion. Because unintended pregnancies are rare among women who use the most effective methods of reversible contraception, increasing access to and use of these methods can help further reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States.
The data in this report can help program planners and policy makers identify groups of women at greatest risk for unintended pregnancy and help guide and evaluate prevention efforts. Introduction This report is based on abortion data for — that were provided voluntarily to CDC by the central health agencies of 48 reporting areas the District of Columbia; New York City; and 46 states, excluding California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire.
SinceCDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States 1.
Following nationwide legalization of abortion inthe total number, rate number of abortions per 1, women aged 15—44 yearsand ratio number of abortions per 1, live births of reported abortions increased rapidly, reaching the highest levels in the s before decreasing at a slow yet steady pace 2 —6.
However, the incidence of abortion has varied considerably across demographic subpopulations 7—11and recent reports through have suggested that the sustained pattern of decrease has leveled off 12— Continued surveillance is needed to monitor long-term changes in the incidence of abortion in the United States.
Methods Description of the Surveillance System Each year, CDC requests tabulated data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining abortions in the United States.
In most states, collection of abortion data is facilitated by the legal requirement for hospitals, facilities, and physicians to report abortions to a central health agency An Overview of Abortion Laws. Background.
Since the Supreme Court handed down its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, states have constructed a lattice work of abortion law, codifying, regulating and limiting whether, when and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion.
The following table highlights the . The abortion debate is the ongoing controversy surrounding Discussion of the putative personhood of the fetus may be complicated by the current legal Economist George Akerlof has argued that the legalization of abortion in the United States contributed to a declining sense of paternal duty among biological fathers and to a .
Laurie D. Elam-Evans, Ph.D. Lilo T. Strauss, M.A. Joy Herndon, M.S. Problem/Condition: CDC began abortion surveillance in to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions.
Reporting Period Covered: This report summarizes and describes data reported to . Abortion in the United States has been, and remains, a controversial issue in United States culture and politics.
Various anti-abortion laws have been in force in each state since at least Before the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade decriminalised abortion nationwide in , abortion was already legal in several states, but the decision imposed a uniform framework for state. Primary nationwide abortion statistics for the United States are available from two sources—privately from the Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and publicly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Guttmacher’s numbers, published every three years, come from direct surveys of all known and suspected abortion providers in the United States. Watch video · The debate about abortion has become intertwined with Down syndrome in recent years due to the availability of a noninvasive test.
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