May 13, 2024 - Politics

When Arizona women sought abortion care, by week

The bar chart displays the number of reported abortions in Arizona in 2021, broken down by known weeks of gestation. The highest number of abortions occurred between 7 to 9 weeks, followed by 6 weeks or less, and then 10 to 13 weeks. The number of abortions significantly decreased after 13 weeks.
Data: CDC; Note: Abortions were permitted in Arizona up to fetal viability (about 24 weeks) in 2021; Chart: Axios Visuals

The overwhelming majority of abortions in Arizona were performed prior to 16 weeks of pregnancy, even when they were permitted much later, according to CDC data.

The big picture: If voters approve the Arizona Abortion Access Act in November, abortions will again be permitted through viability (about 24 weeks), the same level of access Arizona women had before the U.S. Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

By the numbers: About 94% of the nearly 14,000 abortions performed in Arizona in 2021 occurred at the 15-week mark or earlier, per the report.

  • 4.3% occurred from 16-20 weeks and 1.6% were at 21 weeks or later.

Zoom in: About 61% of women who terminated their pregnancies in 2021 had never had a previous abortion.

  • 85% of patients were unmarried and nearly half had never given birth before.
  • Nearly 46% were Hispanic, about 34% were white (non-Hispanic) and 13% were Black (non-Hispanic).
  • 58% were ages 20-29.
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