Abortion Statistics

Did you know that abortion statistics in Canada are not accurately recorded or shared? There is so much more to know.

Almost 120,000 surgical abortions are committed annually in Canada.
Today, abortion is used as a “back-up” birth control method in more than 96% of instances.
1 in 4 pregnancies in Canada end in abortion.(3)
About half of the women with an unplanned pregnancy choose abortion. The other half keeps the child. Fewer than 1% offer the baby for adoption.

There is a desperate shortage of newborn babies available for adoption in Canada. Only a few hundred are put up each year. (1)

Couples suffering infertility can wait up to 10 years for a newborn to become available. Even international adoption can take up to 5 years.

Less than 1% of abortions are for the so-called “hard cases” of rape and incest.
Only 3% of all abortions are committed for the alleged “hard case” of health risk to the mother. (2)
50% of teen pregnancies end in abortion.(4)
33% of all reported abortions are repeat abortions.

1. From Statistics Canada 2005 data Today’s Parent, “Parents in Waiting: International Adoption”, Diane Peters, September 2009

2. From Statistics Canada 2005 data

3. From Statistics Canada, “Teenage Pregnancy”,

4. Therapeutic Abortion Survey, Canadian Institute for Health Information, (Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2003)

According to the pro-abortion research group, Alan Gutmacher Institute, Since they are biased, this figure is probably high