CDC’s report severely undercounts number of abortions

California – truant state

The following comes from a December 17 story on LifeSiteNews.com.

National and state abortion reporting laws and policies in the United States are a patchwork that falls far short of fulfilling the potential of this information to inform and guide public policy….

Some states with large numbers of abortions – for example, California and Maryland – have not produced a public, statewide abortion report in years or do not publish one at all….

Since 1969, four years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have published an annual report on the incidence of abortion in the United States.

This report is based on data submitted by the majority, but by no means all, of the political jurisdictions in the United States.  In 2009, for example – the most recent year for which CDC has published a report – CDC requested abortion reports from 52 jurisdictions, that is, the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City.  Forty-eight of these jurisdictions provided data to the CDC (one fewer than 2008), but only 45 of them have consistently done so since 1999, restricting the trend analysis CDC is able to perform.  The submission of these reports by the states, D.C., and New York City is completely voluntary.

Besides the CDC, the only other source for national abortion data in the United States is the private, independent nonprofit Guttmacher Institute.  Named for the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1962-74, Alan F. Guttmacher, M.D., the Institute obtains survey data directly from abortion providers, including those with which it was formerly affiliated as the research arm of Planned Parenthood.  This history has permitted the Institute to obtain information that, though voluntarily submitted like that from the CDC’s reporting areas, is far more complete than the federal data.  The average undercount for CDC data is shown in Table 1.

 

Federal Undercount of U.S. Abortions: 1999-2009

 

Year CDC Surveillance Guttmacher % CDC Undercount
2009 784,507
2008 825,564 1,212,400 31.9
2007 827,609 1,209,600 31.6
2006 846,181 1,242,000 31.7
2005 820,151 1,206,200 32
2004 839,226 1,222,100 31.3
2003 848,163 1,250,000 32.1
2002 854,122 1,269,000 32.7
2001 853,485 1,291,000 33.9
2000 857,475 1,313,000 34.7
1999 861,789 1,314,800 34.5

 

Jurisdictions that continue to make abortion reporting voluntary include, however, several that report some of the highest abortion rates in the United States, significantly affecting the quality and utility of national abortion data through public sources.  These jurisdictions are California, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.  Most of these states rank among the top ten nationally in their abortion rates: California (6th), the District of Columbia (4th), Maryland (5th), New Jersey (3rd), and New Hampshire (31st-tie).

 

General Features of Abortion Reporting Laws
Mandatory reporting? Publicly available? Annual report released? Latest annual report available Internet reporting available? Include medical abortions?
AL Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No No
AK Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No
AZ Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 Yes No
AR Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No Yes
CA Voluntary No No
CO Mandatory Yes Yes 2005 No Yes
CT Mandatory No No No No
DE Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No Yes
DC Voluntary Yes Yes 2009 No Yes
FL Mandatory Yes Yes 2008 Yes
GA Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 Yes Yes
HI Mandatory No No 2009
ID Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
IL Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 Yes No
IN Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 Yes Yes
IA Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
KS Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No Yes
KY Mandatory Yes 2005 No Yes
LA Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No No
ME Mandatory No Yes 2009 No Yes
MD Has not collected data since 2006 Yes No 2006 No
MA Mandatory No No
MI Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
MN Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No Yes
MS Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
MO Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No
MT Mandatory No Yes 2010
NE Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
NV Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No Yes
NH Voluntary No No
NJ Voluntary
NM Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
NY Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No
NC Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No Yes
ND Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No Yes
OH Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
OK Mandatory Yes Yes 2007 No No
OR Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
PA Mandatory Yes Yes 2009
RI Mandatory No Yes 2010 No
SC Mandatory Yes Yes 2008 No Yes
SD Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No Yes
TN Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No No
TX Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No No
UT Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
VT Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No Yes
VA Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
WA Mandatory Yes Yes 2010 No Yes
WV Mandatory Yes Yes 2009 No Yes
WI Mandatory Yes Yes 2011 No
WY Mandatory No

 

Forty-four of the 50 states compile and publish annual reports providing an array of information, most commonly the total number of abortions, the gestational age of the developing child, the number of previous abortions, the abortion method, and the provider type.  The six states that publish no annual reports again include some with the highest abortions rates in the country (California, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland)….

For complete story, click here.

 

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  1. The government’s lies are sure proof it fears the people; they’re slowly but surely becoming ever more prolife. We first got certain proof that abortion is more hazardous than maternity, from Finland, where the STAKES abortion survey is extremely reliable – because abortion is no issue, it’s considered okay. “Safe Legal & Rare” is a triple lie – Roe & Doe aren’t law, they weren’t passed by lawmakers. Here the truth endangers the government’s investment in the death industry. They’re terrified of what the people will do once they come to fully realize the truth. So the lapdog media have to push the lie.

    How things have changed since the golden days of Democrat idealism. “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” – John F. Kennedy

  2. Thanks to whoever put this report together. When considering these figures along with the numbers of children who die from other means, both from violence and from illnesses or accidents, its a wonder we have many children/adults in the world.

  3. Maryanne Leonard says:

    In the best of all possible worlds, the number of children killed before birth should be zero. We should be as shocked and saddened by even a single such death as we are to learn of the mass murders of the poor souls, both children and adults spending their precious lives serving children, in Newtown or anywhere else that the unjust ending of lives takes place. Each living person should matter to us as deeply as our own lives do to each of us, and murder of any one of us is something we need to take as personally and profoundly offensive and punishable as if it were our own lives being ended unjustly.

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