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Induced Termination of Pregnancy (ITOP)
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) began routine abortion surveillance in 2000 to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions, also known as induced termination of pregnancy (ITOP). Abortion surveillance provides the data necessary to examine the trend in total numbers, as well as the demographic characteristics of women who obtain legal induced abortions and to increase the awareness of an additional aspect in the spectrum of pregnancy outcomes. These data are necessary to improve the health and well being of both women and infants.
In Oklahoma, "abortion" is defined as the purposeful termination of a human pregnancy, by any person with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead unborn child (63 O.S. Section 1-730). Abortion may legally be performed if the unborn child is less than 24 weeks which at which point the law defines unborn child as viable (63 O.S. Section 1-738).
Reporting of abortions is required by Oklahoma statute (63 O.S. Section 1-738). These reports are legal records maintained by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and are designed to collect information for statistical and research purposes only.
For convenience and in accordance with Oklahoma statute (63 O.S. Section 1-738) the following document has been provided which contains all Oklahoma Statues and regulations directly related to abortion. Abortion Statutes (PDF, 853 KB)
Individual Abortion Form - Mar. 1, 2012 to Oct. 31, 2013 (PDF, 104 KB)
Individual Abortion Form - effective Nov. 1, 2013 (PDF, 440 KB)
If you are a provider who performs abortions as defined by Oklahoma statute or needing to complete and file an “Individual Abortion Form” and/or a “Complication of Induced Abortion Report” as required by Oklahoma statute please register by clicking Registration Form.
Physician Medical Emergency Affidavit (PDF, 440 KB)
Detailed statistics are available on OK2SHARE by year from 2002 to Present, by county, select demographics, type of procedure and gestational age. In addition, certain reports are available by year and county.
The Abortion Surveillance in Oklahoma 2002-2007 (PDF, 395 KB) report contains data about legally induced terminations of pregnancy in Oklahoma during 2002-2007.
The 2005 Induced Termination of Pregnancy (PDF, 165 KB) report contains the 2000 -2004 Oklahoma Abortion Surveillance trends.
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