National Right to Life Releases 4th Annual State of Abortion Report

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, released its fourth annual report examining, The State of Abortion in the United States. The report summarizes key legislative developments at the state and federal level, analyzes two recent reports showing dramatic declines in abortion numbers, as well as the abortion rate and ratio, and shows that a majority of people continue to oppose Roe v. Wade‘s abortion-for-any-reason doctrine.

“The right-to-life movement continues to see evidence that our efforts to educate our nation about the unborn child’s humanity and our efforts to enact protective pro-life legislation are having a tremendous impact in moving our nation away from Roe and Doe‘s deadly legacy,”said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Pro-life Americans made their voices heard last November. We now have pro-life majorities in both houses of Congress and, with the Trump Administration, a White House dedicated to advancing pro-life policies that help mothers and their unborn children.”

As detailed in the National Right to Life report, recent data a new report released by the Guttmacher Institute found that in 2014, for the first time since 1975, the annual number of abortions dropped below one million. Using data from 1,671 abortion clinics, hospitals, and private physicians, the report found that the number of abortions being performed in the U.S. dropped to 926,190, the lowest figure in thirty years and the first time the total has dropped below million a year since 1975.

The report also discusses U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annual “Abortion Surveillance Report,” for 2013. The report indicates that the number of abortions continues to decline. Relying on reports from state health departments, the CDC reported 664,435 abortions for 2013.

The State of Abortion in the United States details efforts to pass the bills at both the state and federal level, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act.

Sixteen states have passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would generally protect unborn children from abortion beginning at 20 weeks fetal age (the start of the sixth month), based on their capacity by that point, if not earlier, to experience excruciating pain.  During the 2015 legislative session, Kansas and Oklahoma became the first two states to enact National Right to Life’s model legislation prohibiting the use of dismemberment abortions followed by West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana in 2016.

The report is available from the National Right to Life Communications Department here:

National Right to Life experts, including President Carol Tobias, Director of Education and Research Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., Director of State Legislation Ingrid Duran, and Legislative Director Jennifer Popik, J.D., are available to provide further information about the report and its insights. To arrange an interview, call the NRLC CommunicationsDepartment at (202) 626-8825 or email

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.