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How many abortions are performed at each stage of pregnancy?

Based on the date of the mother’s last menstrual period, the breakdown of abortions is as follows:

Weeks of Pregnancy Percentage Yearly total
< 9 weeks 65.4% 563,958
9-10 weeks 14.7% 126,761
11-12 weeks 8.2% 70,710
13-15 weeks 6.3% 54,326
16-20 weeks 4.1% 35,355
21+ weeks 1.3% 11.,210
All abortions 100% 862,320

This means approximately 88% of abortions occur in the first trimester (first 12 weeks) of pregnancy.

Sources:

Guttmacher Institute. “Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States.” September 2019. http://guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html.

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