May 2019 – From 2012 to 2018, the total number of abortion clinics in the U.S. decreased by 159, leaving the total number of U.S. abortion clinics at 697. Of that 697, 467 are surgical clinics, and 230 are non-surgical clinics that provide the “abortion pill.” While total numbers sound positive, it is not a good sign that abortion-pill providers increased by 17 clinics (from 213 to 230) in 2018 alone.
From a longer perspective, in 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in the country. The current number – 467 – represents a 79% decrease over the 27 years.
Incidentally, the number of abortions reported in 1991 was 1,388,937, compared to approximately 881,000 in 2017, a 37% decrease.
Though abortion numbers are down overall, and the total number of abortion clinics continues to decrease, the prevalence of non-surgical abortion-pill clinics is creeping up. (See Unplanned movie review here to learn more about abortion pill procedures and the reality of their use.)