Of the 64,641 reported abortions performed on Canadian women in 2010, detailed reports on gestational age exist for only 27,576. The age of the fetus at the time of abortion is not known for the remaining 37, 065 abortions. All of the abortions with detailed records on gestational age were performed in hospitals; clinic data on gestational age is not available.
Of these 27,576 abortions with gestational age reported, 537 took place when the unborn baby was more than 21 weeks gestation, able to feel pain and survive outside of the womb. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), who collects and disseminates abortion data in Canada, does not report how many of these abortions took place when the baby was nearly full term.
Table detailing the number of hospital reported abortions in Canada by gestational age in 2010 (Click here for a pdf of this table):
Number of Abortions in Canada as Reported by Hospitals in 2010
|8 weeks and below||8,300
|21 weeks and above||537|
Note: Figures exclude Quebec. The total is limited to abortions reported with a coinciding gestational age. Source: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2010”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2010, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN
CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2010”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2010, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN
Abortions by Gestational Age
Statistics for 2004
Of 96,815 abortions performed on Canadian women in Canada in 2004, detailed records on gestational age exist for only 35,190. The age of the fetus at the time of abortion is not known for the remaining 61,625 abortions. Most of the abortions with detailed records were performed in hospitals.
Of those 35,190 abortions with gestational age recorded, 543 took place when the unborn baby was more than 20 weeks gestation, able to feel pain and survive outside the womb. Nine were perfomed at more than 28 weeks gestation. Some of those nine babies were aborted at more than 33 weeks, when the baby is nearly full term. Statistics Canada would not specify the exact number.
By trimester: 30,207 were performed in the first three months, 4,944 during the second trimester and 39 in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Abortions by trimester, by province
O indicates amount unknown
X indicates amount suppressed to meet confidentiality requirements
|Newfoundland and Labrador||240||44||0||592|
|Nova Scotia||1,625||292 (+amount suppressed)||X||X|
|New Brunswick||407||16 (+ amount suppressed)||0||585|
|British Columbia ||287||165||0||14,140
|Northwest Territories ||X||X||X||X|
* Amounts in brackets indicate specific range and/or number has been suppressed to meet Statistics Canada confidentiality requirements
**Quebec hospitals did not submit detailed records for abortions in 2004
***Manitoba did not submit numbers for clinic abortions in 2004
Based on data produced by Health Statistics Division, Statistics Canada, 2004
Source: Therapeutic Abortion Survey, Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2004
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