Abortions

Number of induced abortions and annual indicators since 1976
YearNumber of abortions + Abortions reported in notifications (1)Abortions recorded in SAE (2)Abortions estimated by INED (3)Abortions per 100 live births (4)Abortion rate per 1,000 women aged 15-49 (4)Mean number of abortions per woman (4)
1976 134 173   246 000 34,1 19,6 0,66
1981 180 695   245 000 30,4 18,8 0,62
1986 166 797   221 000 28,4 16,2 0,53
1991 172 152   206 000 27,1 14,4 0,48
1996 162 792 187 114 207 000 28,2 14,2 0,50
2001   202 180 206 000 26,7 14,2 0,51
2006 174 561 215 390   27,0 14,9 0,53
2007 185 498 213 382   27,1 14,7 0,53
2008 180 108 209 245   26,3 14,5 0,52
2009 171 152 209 987   26,5 14,6 0,53
2010 172 505 213 317   26,4 14,8 0,53
2011 170 081 209 291   26,4 14,7 0,53
2012 156 824 207 120   26,2 14,5 0,53
2013 149 579 216 697   26,7 15,3 0,55
2014 126 464 211 764   27,1 15,0 0,55
2015   203 463   26,7 14,5 0,52
2016   197 800   26,6 13,9 0,51
2017   204 000   27,9 14,4 0,53
2018*   209 522   29,1 15,0 0,54
2019*   217 291   30,4 15,7 0,57

Metropolitan France
* Provisional data
(na) Not available

(1) Statistics from notifications including elective and therapeutic abortions
(2) Administrative statistics on medical acts. From 2010, the data include those from the CNAM-TS, i.e. abortions associated with particular insurance programmes. Sources : DREES and CNAM-TS from 2010
(3) Ined estimates. From 2002, the hospital statistics are considered exhaustive. Source: Rossier C., Pirus C., 2007, Estimating the number of abortions in France, 1976–2002, Population, 62(1), 57–88.
(4) Based on INED estimates up to 2001, and on hospital statistics from 2002

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Update: December 2020