Abortions in Texas

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Each year, the Vital Statistics Unit and the Center for Health Statistics coordinate their efforts to collect, enter, and edit vital statistics data for Texas . After the data is edited, staff members perform analyses and create tables on various topics to produce the Texas Vital Statistics Annual Report. 

According to the most recent Texas Vital Statistics Report, the total number of reported abortions for Texas in 2003 was 79,166. Of those, at least 8,941 were performed in the 4th through the 9th months of pregnancy. 

Of the women who had abortions in Texas in 2003, 27% had a previous abortion and 15% had two or more previous abortions. 

Black women obtained 21% of abortions performed on Texas residents in 2003 even though Black women represent only 13% of Texas 's female population aged 15-44. 

The number of abortions in Texas has dropped 14% since 1996 when there were 91,289 abortions performed in Texas . The number of abortions performed on minors in Texas has dropped 42% since 1994.




Type of Abortion

Dilation & Curettage with Suction Aspiration

60,620

Dilation & Curettage

33

Non-Surgical (RU 486)

9,111

Dilation & Evacuation

8,858

Dilation & Extraction

33

Hysterotomy/Hysterectomy

6

Other/Unknown

505

Marital Status

Married

15,912

Not Married

61,829

Unknown

1,425

Type of Facility

Abortion Clinic

78,234

Ambulatory Surgical Center

39

Hospital

292

Physicians

402

Out of State

199

* Figures based upon the Texas Department of State Health Services and Vital Statistics 2003 Annual Report.

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