Abortions down in Wisconsin…a little

A State Department of Health Services study found that abortions performed in the state were down from 8,267 in 2007 to 8,229 in 2008.  A small drop, to be sure, but the numbers continue a downward trend for abortions in Wisconsin.

According to the Journal Sentinel:

The number of abortions performed in Wisconsin dropped slightly last year to its lowest level since the state began keeping records three decades ago, according to a state report released Tuesday.

That’s definitely good news!  Thank you to the work of pro-lifers throughout the state for helping reduce those numbers and save lives.  (BTW: so far as we know, the Madison Surgery Center has not performed any late-term abortions to date.  Another shout out to pro-lifers for putting the pressure on!)

Some interesting findings from 2008:

  • Women who had never been married accounted for more than 3/4 of state residents who obtained abortions last year.
  • Wisconsin law requires parental consent for a minor to obtain an abortion although it provides a waiver for medical emergency or pregnancy as a result of sexual assault or sexual intercourse with a caregiver.  However, no such waivers were reported for 2008.
  • 198 abortions were performed in Wisconsin on babies past the 20th week of gestation.
  • The largest percentage of women who obtained abortions, regardless of ethnicity, had completed 12 years of schooling but no higher education.

Read the entire study here.

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