By Dave Andrusko
Kansans for Life, NRLC’s fine state affiliate, has produced a very helpful analysis of a preliminary report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment which reported for 2010 the lowest number of abortions since 1988.
8,338 represented a 12% drop from the reported abortion total for 2009 and a whopping 32.4% drop from the year 2000.
Ironically, the report came out March 29, the same day the legislature sent two pro-life bills to pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback. One is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the other requires the consent of both parents before a minor can secure an abortion.
“Women 20-24 years of age comprise the largest age-group seeking abortions (33.6%),” the Salina Journal reported. “The largest decline in the number of procedures also occurred to women 20-24 years of age, which decreased by 344 procedures (10.9%) compared to 2009.”
Here are four of the conclusions drawn by Kansans for Life….
1. Total Kansas abortions to residents and non-residents in 2010 numbered 8,338, down 12% from the 2009 total of 9,472. Abortions to Kansas women have steadily declined from 6,800 in 1996 to 4,188 in 2010.
In 2010, Kansas abortionists reported to the state that 277 pregnant women were given abortion informed consent information but did not obtain Kansas abortions. Since passage of the 1997 Woman’s Right to Know Act, 3,454 women have been “certified” for a Kansas abortion but did not go through with them.
2. Only one abortion after 22 weeks gestation (20 weeks post-fertilization) was done in Kansas in 2010. Once Gov. Brownback signs the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it will go into effect in July. There will be no more abortions after 22 weeks gestation unless abortion is the sole resolution for permanent and irreversible physical damage to the mother, or her imminent death.
3. Total abortions officially reported in Kansas have not always matched the numbers reported by abortionists to the Guttmacher Institute, formerly the think-tank for Planned Parenthood. Since 1996, the annual numbers have aligned. The exception was a short-term rise in out-of-state resident abortions in Kansas from 1999-2001, resulting in totals that rose to the mid-twelve thousands. Since 2002, total abortions have zig-zagged downward to the new low of 8,338.
4. The largest growth (26.8%) was in non-surgical abortion–chemically-induced abortions. They are described as “Method 1,” the combination of RU 486 and the prostaglandin misoprostol.
Pro-abortionists are eager to use the combination because it allows them to reach women in rural areas. As we’ve written many times in this space, the web-cam system allows an abortionist to “counsel” women in other parts of a state over a closed circuit video system and then release, via remote control, a drawer containing abortion pills at her location. She is not actually in the physical presence of the doctor. This session some legislatures are attempting to rein in web-cam abortions.