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National Right to Life Report: State of Abortion in the United States

Jan 18, 2018 | 2018 Press Releases

WASHINGTON –The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, today released The State of Abortion in the United States, 2018. In addition to summarizing key legislative developments in the states and at the federal level, the fifth annual report also analyzes data on the annual number of abortions in the United States. The report also discusses recent polling data and dissects the 2016-2017 annual report of the nation’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.

“Sixty million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “However, through the right-to-life movement’s determination to protect mothers and their children, we continue to see evidence that our efforts to educate America 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.”

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Based on data from the Guttmacher Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and projecting 2014 figures for subsequent years (2015-2017), National Right to Life now estimates 60,069,971 abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973.
  • Planned Parenthood, which reported nearly $1.5 billion in revenues in 2016-2017, and posted nearly $100 million in profit, is estimated to have made nearly $160 million performing 321,384 abortions – over one-third of all abortions annually.
  • Recent public opinion polling confirms a majority of Americans continue to believe abortion should be restricted to just a few circumstances.
  • State legislatures continue to be successful in enacting pro-life legislation that extends protections to unborn children and helps their mothers. These laws include protections for pain-capable unborn children, laws banning dismemberment abortions, and efforts to steer state funding away from organizations that perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood.

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


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.