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California abortion numbers

As of late 2021, California had approximately 150 abortion clinics. According to the Guttmacher Institute, which was founded as a research arm of Planned Parenthood and is a commonly cited source for abortion statistics, at least half of all patient visits to these facilities are for abortions.(1,2)

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Hundreds of other facilities in California, such as hospitals, perform abortions as well, committing 40% of the abortions in California.

California does not require physicians to report abortions, so there are no official records of how many abortions happen every year in California. For the most recent year, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that approximately 154,000 abortions were performed in California and that two-thirds of those were paid for with public funds through Medi-Cal.(1,3)

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