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Abortion rate by the Numbers

Would you be proud of 5,660 human lives lost in a single year from a single cause? That is the number of unborn children killed by abortion in Wisconsin in 2015. The abortion rate is high. The picture isn’t all bleak, however, because that number is a more than 70% decrease from the all-time high of 21,754 performed in 1980.

Wisconsin abortion rate/ Statistics

  • Wisconsin’s abortion rate, the number of abortions performed per 1,000 women of childbearing age, is 6. The national abortion rate is 16.5.
  • Wisconsin’s abortion ratio, the number of abortions per 100 live births, is 10. The national abortion ratio is 21.
  • 18 unborn babies die from abortion each day in Wisconsin.
  • Over 174,000 Wisconsin children have been saved from abortion, cumulatively, since 1987 when Wisconsin began requiring the reporting of abortion.

For more information on Wisconsin abortion numbers by age, ethnic background, marital status, and county, please visit the Department of Health and Family Services website at for the most recent “Reported Induced Terminations of Pregnancy” booklet.

US Statistics

  • 1.1 million abortions are performed each year in the United States. That number is down from the all time high of 1.6 million abortions recorded in 1990.
  • The national abortion rate is 16.5 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age.
  • The national abortion ratio is 21.2 abortions per 100 live births.
  • 2,900 babies die from abortion each day in the United States. That’s one every 30 seconds.
  • 15,600 unborn babies who are 21 weeks or older die each year from abortion.
  • 58 million American unborn babies have lost their lives to abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion on demand.

Read more from National Right to Life’s report on The State of Abortion in the United States:

Worldwide Statistics

An estimated 50 million unborn children lose their lives to abortion each year worldwide.

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