May 3, 2018 | Posted in Abortion | By

Earlier this week Family Council obtained data from the Arkansas Health Department showing the number of abortions performed on women from each county in Arkansas from 2014 – 2016.

One of the ways abortion numbers are measured is the abortion rate.

The abortion rate is defined as the number of abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we calculated the abortion rate for each county in Arkansas from 2014 – 2016.

Below are the ten counties with the highest abortion rates, as of 2016.

Abortions Per 1,000 Women Ages 15 – 44
County of Residence 2016 2015 2014
JEFFERSON 12.00 14.20 13.76
PULASKI 11.48 13.43 13.52
MILLER 8.01 8.27 8.31
LITTLE RIVER 7.92 6.92 6.38
UNION 7.44 8.20 9.09
LAFAYETTE 7.35 8.11 4.30
OUACHITA 7.31 8.07 7.63
BRADLEY 7.22 7.75 5.17
LEE 6.98 5.11 10.07
DESHA 6.96 4.09 9.79

 

Below are the abortion rates for each county in Arkansas from 2014 – 2016.

Abortions Per 1,000 Women Ages 15 – 44
County of Residence 2016 2015 2014
ARKANSAS 4.88 6.06 9.62
ASHLEY 2.78 3.47 5.55
BAXTER 3.75 4.06 4.97
BENTON 3.16 3.28 3.39
BOONE 1.26 2.06 3.78
BRADLEY 7.22 7.75 5.17
CALHOUN 2.49 7.44 3.69
CARROLL 3.80 3.81 2.46
CHICOT 6.43 8.72 9.01
CLARK 3.91 4.99 5.77
CLAY 1.20 1.18
CLEBURNE 1.86 2.64 2.62
CLEVELAND 4.14 5.50 4.70
COLUMBIA 5.88 5.20 8.81
CONWAY 4.48 4.14 4.67
CRAIGHEAD 2.32 3.85 5.90
CRAWFORD 2.08 2.25 3.35
CRITTENDEN 2.49 8.03 12.21
CROSS 1.59 3.13 5.11
DALLAS 2.50 4.08 4.73
DESHA 6.96 4.09 9.79
DREW 6.00 6.49 9.26
FAULKNER 4.89 5.30 7.30
FRANKLIN 2.31 2.94 1.63
FULTON 1.75 3.54 3.51
GARLAND 6.76 7.72 7.65
GRANT 0.91 3.67 1.82
GREENE 0.59 1.54 2.51
HEMPSTEAD 4.53 7.51 6.37
HOT SPRING 4.87 4.63 4.98
HOWARD 4.94 6.16 9.27
INDEPENDENCE 2.47 1.88 2.46
IZARD 1.63 3.24 3.17
JACKSON 2.14 2.74 4.54
JEFFERSON 12.00 14.20 13.76
JOHNSON 2.43 1.62 2.84
LAFAYETTE 7.35 8.11 4.30
LAWRENCE 1.66 0.99 5.20
LEE 6.98 5.11 10.07
LINCOLN 2.25 3.30 5.31
LITTLE RIVER 7.92 6.92 6.38
LOGAN 1.89 2.96 2.95
LONOKE 4.45 3.98 4.40
MADISON 2.55 1.12 0.75
MARION 0.91 1.41 3.65
MILLER 8.01 8.27 8.31
MISSISSIPPI 1.19 4.15 6.64
MONROE 4.13 7.19 3.15
MONTGOMERY 3.30 3.23 3.15
NEVADA 2.93 3.56 7.61
NEWTON 2.63 1.73 1.72
OUACHITA 7.31 8.07 7.63
PERRY 2.33 3.52 3.48
PHILLIPS 6.25 6.83 10.83
PIKE 3.79 3.20 4.70
POINSETT 0.68 2.99 2.71
POLK 1.57 1.86 3.09
POPE 3.44 4.22 3.59
PRAIRIE 5.47 3.81 4.42
PULASKI 11.48 13.43 13.52
RANDOLPH 0.34 3.40 2.70
SALINE 4.82 5.80 5.80
SCOTT 1.19 2.99 2.30
SEARCY 0.83 0.85 3.44
SEBASTIAN 3.56 4.12 5.36
SEVIER 3.11 3.32 4.48
SHARP 0.40 2.85 3.62
ST FRANCIS 6.41 5.77 8.81
STONE 0.55 2.26 1.12
UNION 7.44 8.20 9.09
VAN BUREN 2.49 2.03 2.01
WASHINGTON 5.03 5.48 5.51
WHITE 2.91 3.65 3.61
WOODRUFF 2.72 2.68 6.12
YELL 2.67 5.06 3.63
STATE OF ARKANSAS 5.05 5.97 6.64

 

Below are the total number of abortions for each county in Arkansas from 2014 – 2016.

Abortions by County
County of Residence 2016 2015 2014
ARKANSAS 16 20 32
ASHLEY 10 13 21
BAXTER 21 23 28
BENTON 167 169 170
BOONE 8 13 24
BRADLEY 14 15 10
CALHOUN 2 6 3
CARROLL 17 17 11
CHICOT 11 15 16
CLARK 21 27 31
CLAY 3 3
CLEBURNE 7 10 10
CLEVELAND 6 8 7
COLUMBIA 30 27 46
CONWAY 16 15 17
CRAIGHEAD 53 87 132
CRAWFORD 24 26 39
CRITTENDEN 25 81 126
CROSS 5 10 16
DALLAS 3 5 6
DESHA 15 9 22
DREW 23 25 36
FAULKNER 140 151 208
FRANKLIN 7 9 5
FULTON 3 6 6
GARLAND 112 128 127
GRANT 3 12 6
GREENE 5 13 21
HEMPSTEAD 18 30 26
HOT SPRING 27 26 28
HOWARD 12 15 23
INDEPENDENCE 17 13 17
IZARD 3 6 6
JACKSON 7 9 15
JEFFERSON 157 193 189
JOHNSON 12 8 14
LAFAYETTE 8 9 5
LAWRENCE 5 3 16
LEE 9 7 14
LINCOLN 4 6 10
LITTLE RIVER 17 15 14
LOGAN 7 11 11
LONOKE 65 58 64
MADISON 7 3 2
MARION 2 3 8
MILLER 66 68 68
MISSISSIPPI 10 36 58
MONROE 5 9 4
MONTGOMERY 4 4 4
NEVADA 4 5 11
NEWTON 3 2 2
OUACHITA 30 34 33
PERRY 4 6 6
PHILLIPS 22 25 41
PIKE 7 6 9
POINSETT 3 13 12
POLK 5 6 10
POPE 45 55 47
PRAIRIE 7 5 6
PULASKI 930 1,092 1,105
RANDOLPH 1 10 8
ST FRANCIS 27 25 39
SALINE 108 129 128
SCOTT 2 5 4
SEARCY 1 1 4
SEBASTIAN 89 103 133
SEVIER 10 11 15
SHARP 1 7 9
STONE 1 4 2
UNION 53 59 66
VAN BUREN 6 5 5
WASHINGTON 263 282 278
WHITE 47 59 58
WOODRUFF 3 3 7
YELL 10 19 14
UNKNOWN 8 11
Total 2,919 3,454 3,827

Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.