Abortion rates by US state

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Here is a ranking of states from the lowest to the highest abortion rates per 100 pregnancies among women aged 15–19, year 2000. Notice how the ranking correlates closely with the Bush v. Kerry outcomes in the 2004 presidential election. Notable exceptions are indicated in bold, with the first two exceptions (Minnesota and Wisconsin) only narrowly going for Kerry, and the last exception (Nevada) only narrowly going for Bush.[1] Later Michael Barone independently made a similar observation about the high correlation between abortion rates and support of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[2]

  1. Utah (Bush)
  2. South Dakota (Bush)
  3. North Dakota (Bush)
  4. Kentucky (Bush)
  5. West Virginia (Bush)
  6. Idaho (Bush)
  7. Louisiana (Bush)
  8. Wisconsin (Kerry)
  9. Iowa (Bush)
  10. Arkansas (Bush)
  11. Nebraska (Bush)
  12. Kansas (Bush)
  13. Indiana (Bush)
  14. Oklahoma (Bush)
  15. Minnesota (Kerry)
  16. Alaska (Bush)
  17. Missouri (Bush)
  18. Vermont (Kerry)
  19. Montana (Bush)
  20. Maine (Kerry)
  21. Alabama (Bush)
  22. Tennessee (Bush)
  23. Mississippi (Bush)
  24. Ohio (Bush)
  25. Texas (Bush)
  26. New Hampshire (Kerry)
  27. South Carolina (Bush)
  28. Pennsylvania (Kerry)
  29. Georgia (Bush)
  30. Colorado (Bush)
  31. Virginia (Bush)
  32. Arizona (Bush)
  33. New Mexico (Bush)
  34. North Carolina (Bush)
  35. Rhode Island (Kerry)
  36. Michigan (Kerry)
  37. Wyoming (Bush)
  38. Oregon (Kerry)
  39. Washington (Kerry)
  40. Massachusetts (Kerry)
  41. Illinois (Kerry)
  42. Connecticut (Kerry)
  43. Delaware (Kerry)
  44. Florida (Bush)
  45. Hawaii (Kerry)
  46. California (Kerry)
  47. Nevada (Bush)
  48. Maryland (Kerry)
  49. New York (Kerry)
  50. New Jersey (Kerry)


For the purposes of comparison, we can use the same table to compare overall pregnancy rates among women aged 15-19, year 2000 (again running lowest to highest):

  1. North Dakota (Bush)
  2. Vermont (Kerry)
  3. New Hampshire (Kerry)
  4. Minnesota (Kerry)
  5. Maine (Kerry)
  6. Utah (Bush)
  7. South Dakota (Bush)
  8. Iowa (Bush)
  9. Wisconsin (Kerry)
  10. Nebraska (Bush)
  11. Massachusetts (Kerry)
  12. Pennsylvania (Kerry)
  13. Montana (Bush)
  14. Idaho (Bush)
  15. Rhode Island (Kerry)
  16. West Virginia (Bush)
  17. Kansas (Bush)
  18. Connecticut (Kerry)
  19. Virginia (Bush)
  20. Indiana (Bush)
  21. Alaska (Bush)
  22. Missouri (Bush)
  23. Ohio (Bush)
  24. Michigan (Kerry)
  25. Washington (Kerry)
  26. Kentucky (Bush)
  27. Wyoming (Bush)
  28. Oregon (Kerry)
  29. Colorado (Bush)
  30. Oklahoma (Bush)
  31. Illinois (Kerry)
  32. Louisiana (Bush)
  33. Tennessee (Bush)
  34. South Carolina (Bush)
  35. New Jersey (Bush)
  36. Alabama (Bush)
  37. New York (Kerry)
  38. Maryland (Kerry)
  39. Hawaii (Kerry)
  40. Delaware (Kerry)
  41. Arkansas (Bush)
  42. North Carolina (Bush)
  43. Georgia (Bush)
  44. California (Kerry)
  45. Florida (Bush)
  46. Texas (Bush)
  47. New Mexico (Bush)
  48. Mississippi (Bush)
  49. Arizona (Bush)
  50. Nevada (Bush)

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Reduction in Abortion by State

States that are the most visibly aggressive in attempting to abolish abortion are not the same as those that have been most effective in reducing abortion.[3] For example, South Dakota has not reduced abortions significantly over the past decade, despite all the fanfare and initiatives, while Michigan and Mississippi have.

References

  1. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2006/09/12/USTPstats.pdf
  2. http://blog.american.com/?author=22
  3. State-by-state chart

Sources

1. Table 3.1, pg. 12 - http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2006/09/12/USTPstats.pdf

See also

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