ERIC Number: ED307515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-28
Reference Count: N/A
Induced Terminations of Pregnancy: Reporting States, 1985 and 1986.
Kochanek, Kenneth D.
Monthly Vital Statistics Report, v37 n12 suppl Apr 28 1989
This report on induced terminations of pregnancy is based on information reported to the National Center for Health Statistics by 13 states (Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia) in 1985 and 1986. Findings are reported which show that: (1) there were 298,719 abortions reported by the 13 states in 1986; (2) the abortion rate of 347.2 abortions per 1,000 live births in 1986 decreased from the 1985 rate; (3) decreases were greatest among white married women in most age groups; (4) the 1986 abortion ratio for black women was 2.2 times that for white women; (5) the median age of abortion was higher for blacks than for whites, but the age at which the greatest number of abortions occurred was the same for whites and blacks (21 years); (6) highest abortion rates were for the youngest and oldest women; (7) both black and white married women had lower abortion ratios than did unmarried women of the respective race groups; (8) for white women, induced abortion ratios decreased with increasing educational attainment, but for black women, ratios increased with increasing education attainment; (9) approximately one-half of women having abortions in 1986 had no previous live births and approximately 60% never had a prior abortion; (10) the median duration of gestation was 9.1 weeks for women aborting in 1986, being longer for black women than for whites, longer for less educated women, and longer for out-of-state residents than for in-state residents; (11) suction curettage was the procedure used in 96% of abortions reported in 1986 and complications were reported in less than one percent of all abortions; and (12) abortion ratios among women residing in metropolitan areas were 2.5 times those among nonmetropolitan residents. One figure and 21 data tables are included. (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Note: For the 1984 report, see ED 288 114.