(CNSNews.com) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2009 Abortion Surveillance reveals that the total number of abortions in the United States in 2009, based on 48 reporting areas across the country, was 784,507.
That means that 2,149 abortions took place each day of that year, according to the latest surveillance data available from the CDC.
Further, the data shows the abortion rate for 2009 to be 227 abortions per every 1,000 live births.
The report also shows that compared with 2008, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2009 decreased by five percent and the abortion ratio decreased by two percent.
“The change from 2008 to 2009 represented the largest single year decrease in the total number and rate of reported abortions for the entire period from 2000 to 2009,” the report states.
The highest number of reported abortions was in 2000, with a total of 857,475, according to the CDC.
The total number of abortions from 2000 through 2009 is 8,356,483, CDC statistics show.
CDC’s surveillance is based on abortion data for 2000–2009 that were provided voluntarily to the CDC by the central health agencies of 48 reporting areas (the District of Columbia; New York City; and 46 states, excluding California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Hampshire).