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Therapeutic Abortions 1998 (Statistics Canada)

Canadian women obtained 110,331 abortions in 1998, a 1.2% decrease from 111,709 a year earlier.

Two-thirds of all therapeutic abortions in 1998 were performed in hospitals, and the remaining one-third took place in clinics. Canadian women obtained 297 therapeutic abortions in the United States in 1998, virtually unchanged from 1997.

The number obtaining abortions in the United States has declined significantly since the 1988 Supreme Court decision that struck down the 1969 abortion law. In 1987, 2,757 Canadian women obtained abortions in the United States.

Therapeutic abortions were most common among women in their twenties, who accounted for half of all women who obtained abortions in 1998. On average, 27 women out of every 1,000 in their twenties obtained an abortion.

The number of abortions declined in 1998 in seven provinces and territories: Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Therapeutic abortion data for 1998 were collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Selected tables are available in Canadian Statistics. For more information on the therapeutic abortions database, contact Judy Lee (416-481-2002, extension 3407; fax: 416-481-2950), Canadian Institute for Health Information.

For information on long-term trends in therapeutic abortions or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Paula Woollam (613-951-0879) or Richard Trudeau (613-951-8782), Health Statistics Division, Statistics Canada.

1996(1)
1997(1)
1998
1997 to
1997
1998
Number of Abortions
% change
rate per 1,000 population(2)
Total
111,659
111,709
110,331
-1.23
16.34
16.13
Newfoundland
846
837
820
-2.03
6.33
6.38
Prince Edward Island
190
150
149
-0.67
4.97
4.95
Nova Scotia
2,039
2,045
2,053
0.39
9.64
9.74
New Brunswick
1,120
1,113
1,106
-0.63
6.48
6.51
Quebec
28,852
30,248
31,673
4.71
18.36
19.38
Ontario
46,918
44,046
42,452
-3.62
17.12
16.43
Manitoba
3,647
3,626
3,447
-4.94
14.63
14.00
Saskatchewan
1,926
1,996
2,010
0.70
9.08
9.13
Alberta
9,265
10.337
10,355
0.17
15.38
15.10
British Columbia
15,698
15,582
15,482
-0.64
17.20
17.08
Yukon
172
121
150
23.97
14.95
19.17
Northwest Territories
297
317
292
-7.89
19.29
18.00
U.S. reporting(3)
301
293
297
1.37
...
...
Residence unknown
397
998
45
-95.49
...
...
  1. Revised figures for 1996 and 1997.
  2. Rates are calculated using female population aged 15 to 44.
  3. 3 Includes legal abortions on Canadian residents performed in the United States.

... Figures not appropriate or not applicable


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