Annual Abortion Rates


Annual Abortion Rates

In 2010, the latest year on record, 64,641 abortions were performed on Canadian women as reported by hospitals and clinics. According to The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), who have taken over the role of disseminating abortion data from Statistics Canada, this number does not include abortions performed in Quebec, clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete due to voluntary reporting, and abortions performed on women who reside outside Ontario but who have received an abortion in an Ontario clinic are not included, meaning that the actual figure, while unknown, is much higher.

Even with underreported and underrepresented figures, it is clear that more than three million abortions have occurred in Canada since 1969, when abortion was first decriminalized. Statistics Canada tables show a recorded total of 2,838,328 abortions between 1974 and 2006. CIHI tables show a recorded total of 353,034 abortions between 2007 and 2010, which means that the total number of “reported” abortions that took place between 1974 and 2010 in Canada is 3,191,362.

Table detailing the number of reported abortions in Canada by province/territory in 2010 (Click here for a pdf of this table):

Province/Territory
Number of Abortions as Reported by Hospitals and Clinics in 2010
Alberta
13,084
British Columbia
12,149
Manitoba
4,150
New Brunswick
1,098
Newfoundland and Labrador
1,068
Northwest Territories
40
Nova Scotia
2,125
Nunavut
100
Ontario
28,765
Prince Edward Island
0
Quebec

Saskatchewan
1,915
Yukon
147
Total (Canada)
64,641

Note: Figures exclude Quebec. Prince Edward Island does not perform abortions. Clinic data on age for New Brunswick, Manitoba, and British Columbia is unavailable, and data on abortions performed in an Ontario clinic on Canadian women who are not Ontario residents is not included. 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

Age
Number of Abortions as Reported by Hospitals and Clinics in 2010
19 and Under8,861
20-2416,704
25-2912,783
30-348,608
35 and Over7,930
Unknown9,648
Total64,641

More than one million abortions (1,000,573) were performed between 1974 and 1987. In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down all remaining restrictions on abortion. Statistics Canada recorded 72,693 abortions in 1988. That number jumped 27.8% over the next two years to 92,901 in 1990. By 1992 it had risen to 102,085, a 40.4% increase in four years. Abortions continued to increase annually to a recorded high of 111, 526 in 1997—in the nine years following the Supreme Court decision, the number of abortions in Canada increased by a total of 53.4%.

Between 1988 and 2010, over two million babies (2,263,482) lost their lives to abortion. The recorded total from Statistics Canada (1988-2006) is 1,910,448, and the recorded total from CIHI (2007-2010) is 353,034. This is a partial record which excludes roughly 10% of the actual number of abortions performed between 2000 and 2006 due to incomplete reporting, and the figures from between 2007 and 2010 are limited by a lack of data, particularly with regard to Quebec, as mentioned above. After 1997 the number of reported abortions gradually dropped back down to 97,254 in 2005. Because the 1988 court decision also struck down reporting requirements, it is difficult to know how accurate the figures are.

Table detailing the total number of reported abortions in Canada by year from 1974 to 2010 (Click here for a pdf of this table):

Year
Number of Abortions in Canada
197452,435
197553,705
197658,712
197759,864
197866,710
197969,745
198072,099
198171,911
198275,071
198369,368
198469,449
198569,216
198669,572
198770,023
198872,693
198979,315
199092,901
199195,059
1992102,085
1993104,403
1994106,255
1995108,208
1996111,456
1997111,526
1998110,223
1999105,631
2000105,454
2001106,323
2002105,383
2003104,099
2004100,763
200597,254
200691,377
200798,762
200895,876
200993,755
201064,641

Note: For the year 2010 the figures exclude Quebec. Prince Edward Island does not perform abortions. Clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete, and data on abortions performed in an Ontario clinic on Canadian women who are not Ontario residents is not included.

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Sources:

For years 1974-1995: Statistics Canada, “Table 106-9034: Induced abortions, by age group, Canada, provinces and territories”, Statistics Canada, 2008, http://cansim2.statcan.ca/cgi-win/CNSMCGI.PGM Accessed June 25, 2008 (page now defunct)

For years 1996-2005: Statistics Canada,“Induced Abortion Statistics 2005”, Statistics Canadahttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-223-x/82-223-x2008000-eng.pdf

For 2006: Statistics Canada, “Table 106-9005: Induced abortions in hospitals and clinics, by area of report and type of facility performing the abortion, Canada, provinces and territories”, Statistics Canada, 2009, http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a05?lang=eng&id=1069005

For year 2007: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2007”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_07_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

For year 2008: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2008”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_08_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

For year 2009: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2009”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_09_ALLDATATABLES20111028_EN

For year 2010: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2010”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN

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Sources:

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2007”, Canadian Institute for Health Information,http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_07_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2008”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_08_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2009”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_09_ALLDATATABLES20111028_EN

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2010”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN

Statistics Canada, “Induced Abortion Statistics 2005”, Statistics Canada, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-223-x/82-223-x2008000-eng.pdf

Statistics Canada, “Table 106-9005: Induced abortions in hospitals and clinics, by area of report and type of facility performing the abortion, Canada, provinces and territories”, Statistics Canada, 2009, http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a05?lang=eng&id=1069005

Statistics Canada, “Table 106-9034: Induced abortions, by age group, Canada, provinces and territories”,Statistics Canada, 2008, http://cansim2.statcan.ca/cgi-win/CNSMCGI.PGM Accessed June 25, 2008 (page now defunct)

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Annual Abortion Rates
Statistics for 2005

In 2005, the latest year on record, 96,815 abortions were performed on Canadian women. More than three million unborn babies have died from abortion in Canada since 1969, when abortion was first decriminalized. Statistics Canada tables show a recorded total of 2,822,293 abortions between 1969 and 2005. Assuming an annual average of 100,000 abortions for 2006 and 2007 (and recognizing that reported numbers since 2000 reflect about 90 percent of abortions) the total number of abortions is more than three million.

More than one million abortions (1,010,586) were performed between 1970 and 1987. In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down all remaining restrictions on abortion. Statistics Canada recorded 70,868 abortions in 1988. That number jumped 29% over the next two years to 91,476 in 1990. By 1992 it had risen to 101,726, a 44% increase in four years. Abortions continued to increase annually to a recorded high of 111, 526 in 1997—in the nine years following the Supreme Court decision, the number of abortions in Canada increased by a total of 57%.

Between 1988 and 2005, almost two million babies lost their lives to abortion. The recorded total from Statistics Canada is 1,811,707, a partial record which excludes roughly 10% of the actual number of abortions performed between 2000 and 2005, due to incomplete reporting. After 1997 the number of reported abortions gradually dropped back down to 96,815 in 2005. Because the 1988 court decision also struck down reporting requirements, it is difficult to know how accurate the figures are.

 

Statistics Canada tables

Canada abortion rates, 1974 to 2005 - pdf
Canada abortion rates, 1988 to 2005 -pdf

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