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January 22, 1997

Abortion Surveillance: Preliminary Data— United States, 1994

JAMA. 1997;277(4):284. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540280022014

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FOR 1994, CDC received data on legal induced abortions from the 50 states, New York City, and the District of Columbia. This report presents preliminary data for 1994. Final abortion data for 1993 and 1994 will be published during spring 1997.

In 1994, a total of 1267 415 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC, a decrease of 4.7% from the number reported for 1993.1 The number of live births decreased by 1.1% over the same period.2 Fewer abortions were reported from 43 of the 52 reporting areas in 1994 than during the previous year. The national abortion ratio (number of legal abortions per 1000 live births) decreased from 334 in 1993 to 321 in 1994, and the national abortion rate (number of legal abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44 years) decreased from 22 to 21. Consistent with previous years, approximately 92% of women who had a legal