North Carolina abortions decrease for seventh consecutive year

This month, the NC State Center for Health Statistics released the 2013 reported pregnancy data, revealing a decrease in North Carolina abortions, continuing the hopeful downward trend we’ve seen in recent years.
Residents of North Carolina had 19,818 abortions in 2013, a 5.5% decrease from 2012. Abortions have declined each year since 2006, with totals decreasing 33% over those seven years. The most drastic decrease occurred between 2010 and 2011, coinciding with the passage of numerous pro-life laws by the NC General Assembly (read more at Saving Lives through Legislation).
To put the abortion total in context by way of comparison, consider that 14.2% of resident pregnancies ended in abortion in 2013. For every six North Carolina mothers who gave birth to live babies in 2013, one child lost his or her life to abortion.
While the death toll from abortions remains both sobering and overwhelming, we can take hope that more mothers in our state are choosing life for their children each year. Even in the few years since 2010, we have seen a decline in the percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion, from 17.3% to 14.2%.
While you can see NC Right to Life’s full report on the 2013 abortion statistics for much more detailed information, here are some quick facts.
Among North Carolinians having abortions in 2013:
  • 26.5 years was the average age
  • 33.9% had repeat abortions; 12.8% already had two or more previous abortions
  • 60% were already mothers of living children
  • Minorities continue to be disproportionately represented, with 45% occurring among African-American mothers
While even one abortion is too many, we celebrate the many lives that have been spared from abortion in recent years. We will continue our life saving work until every unborn child in North Carolina has the protection she deserves.