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Virginia Gets a Failing Grade
Virginia's many restrictions on reproductive rights and lack of pro-choice policies earn an "F" in NARAL Pro-Choice America's annual rating of states' laws.
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Virginia Facts and Figures
Here are some statistics on abortion and contraception in Virginia. This information is taken from the Guttmacher Institute's State Facts About Abortion and Contraception Counts pages.
- In Virginia, 152,480 of the 1,590,210 women of childbearing age become pregnant each year. 65% of these pregnancies result in live births, and 20% result in abortions; the remainder end in miscarriage.
- Virginia has the 32nd highest teenage pregnancy rate of any state. Of the 16,920 teenage pregnancies each year in Virginia, 57% result in live births and 29% result in abortions.
- In 2005, 26,520 women obtained abortions in Virginia, producing a rate of 16.5 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Some of these women were from other states, and some Virginia residents had abortions in other states, so this rate may not reflect the abortion rate of state residents. The rate declined 9% since 2000, when it was 18.1 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44. Abortions in Virginia represent 2.2 of all abortions in the United States.
- In 2005, there were 46 abortion providers in Virginia. This represents no change from 2000, when there were 46 abortion providers.
- In 2005, 86% of Virginia counties had no abortion provider. 57% of Virginia women lived in these counties. In the South census region, where Virginia is located, 21% of women having abortions traveled at least 50 miles, and 10% traveled more than 100 miles.
- In Virginia, 846,100 women are in need of contraceptive services and supplies. Of these, 371,640 women need publicly supported contraceptive services because they have incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level (251,710) or are sexually active teenagers (119,930).
- In Virginia, 11% of women aged 15-44 have incomes below the federal poverty level, and 18% of all women in this age-group are uninsured (i.e., do not have private health insurance or Medicaid coverage).
- Family planning clinics in Virginia serve 26% of all women in need of publicly supported contraceptive services and 24% of teenagers in need.
- Publicly funded family planning clinics in Virginia help women prevent 22,600 unintended pregnancies each year.
For additional information on how to access abortion care, birth control, and services for parents or those considering adoption, please see our Virginia Book of Choices.