2015 Selected Characteristics of Induced Terminations of Pregnancy Texas Residents (Updated Data)

Patient age distributions for induced termination of pregnancy data collected from 2006 through 2015 have been updated. Age calculations now reflect a date-to-date calculation rather than a year-to-year calculation.* 

2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Residence
Total Number Reported in Texas** 55,287
Out of State/Country Residents 974
Total Texas Residents 54,310
Not Stated 3


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Age
Age Number
11 Years or Less 3
12-13 Years 47
14-15 Years 363
16-17 Years 1,181
18-19 Years 3,654
20-24 Years 16,911
25-29 Years 15,039
30-34 Years 9,590
35-39 Years 5,497
40 Years and Over 1,947
Not Stated 78


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Race/Ethnicity
Race/Ethnicity Number
Asian 3,015
Hispanic 20,230
White 15,894
Black 14,144
Native American 140
Other 561
Not Stated 326


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Marital Status
Marital Status Number
Married 9,151
Not Married 45,071
Not Stated 88


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Facility of Occurrence
Facility of Occurrence Number
Abortion Clinic 27,149
Ambulatory Surgical Center 25,634
Hospital 135
Physicians 45
Out of State 1,347


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Weeks Post-Fertilization^
Weeks Post-Fertilization^ Number
8 Weeks or Less 43,607
9-10 Weeks 4,559
11-12 Weeks 2,784
13-14 Weeks 1,518
15-16 Weeks 890
17-20 Weeks 834
21-25 Weeks 76
26 Weeks or More 18
Not Stated 24


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Type of Procedure
Type of Procedure Number
Suction Curettage 43,097
Medical (Non Surg.) 5,877
Dilation and Evacuation 4,289
Intra-Uterine 3
Sharp Curettage (D&C) 67
Hysterotomy/Hysterectomy 3
Other 66
Not Stated*** 908


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Previous Live Births
Previous Live Births Number
None 20,610
One 13,558
Two 11,478
Three 5,361
Four 2,099
Five or More 1,112
Not Stated 92


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Previous Induced Terminations of Pregnancy
Previous Induced Terminations of Pregnancy Number
None 32,643
One 14,061
Two 4,939
Three 1,540
Four 531
Five or More 383
Not Stated 213


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Patient Survival
Patient Survived Number
Survived 52,963
Did Not Survive 0
Not Stated^^ 1,347


2015 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy by Complications
Induced Abortion Complications Number
None 52,938
Shock 0
Uterine Perforation 2
Cervical Laceration 2
Hemorrhage 10
Aspiration/Allergic Response 0
Infection/Sepsis 5
Infant(s) Born Alive 0
Death of Mother 0
Other 6
Unknown^^ 1,347

* This table was updated on 09/28/2017. In the previous version, age was calculated by subtracting the patient's birth year from the year of the procedure (year-to-year). In this updated table, age is calculated by subtracting the patient's full date of birth from the full date of procedure (date-to-date).

** Includes both Texas residence and Texas occurrence induced terminations of pregnancy.

^ Based on the 83rd Texas Legislature requirement, starting with 2014 Induced Terminations of Pregnancy (ITOP) data, fetus age is reported in weeks post-fertilization versus the previously reported weeks of gestation. Post-Fertilization Age (PFA) is generally two weeks less than gestational age.

***Out of State ITOPs are procedures performed outside of Texas to Texas residents. Of 908 cases with Procedure Type Not Stated, 901 are Out of State procedures.

^^ Indicates all cases with Not Stated are Out of State procedures.


Dilation and evacuation: Surgical procedures performed after 14 weeks 0 days gestation are called dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedures. This type of surgical procedure typically requires a greater degree of cervical dilation and the use of grasping forceps.

Ethnicity: The classification of a population that shares common characteristics, such as, religion, traditions, culture, language, and tribal or national origin.

Gestation period: Number of completed weeks elapsed between the first day of the last normal menstrual period and the date of delivery.

Hysterotomy: Evacuation of the pregnancy through incision of the uterus.

Induced termination of pregnancy: Any act or procedure performed after a pregnancy is medically verified with the intent to cause the termination of an intra-uterine pregnancy other than for the purpose of either the birth of a live infant or removing a dead fetus.

Intrauterine Instillation: Injecting saline or prostaglandin into the uterus to cause contractions, which expel the contents of the uterus.

Medical (Nonsurgical) Abortion: Administration of medications for the purpose of inducing an abortion.

Occurrence data: Data compiled by the geographic place in which the event occurred without regard to the place of residence of the individual(s) involved in the event.

Race: A geographical population of humankind that possesses inherited distinctive physical characteristics that distinguish it from other populations.

Residence data: Data compiled by the usual place of residence without regard to the geographic place where the event occurred. For births and fetal deaths, the mother's usual residence is used as the place of residence.

Sharp Curettage (dilation and curettage, D&C, or surgical curettage): A surgical procedure in which the uterine contents are removed with curette.

Suction Curettage (Vacuum Aspiration): Removal of uterine contents through a flexible tube attached to a suction apparatus.