By Dave Andrusko
Very, very good news out of Illinois and Missouri. The Illinois Department of Public Health says abortions dropped 9% in 2010—to 41,859–the lowest number since 1973, when Illinois recorded 32,760 abortions. Some of the highlights, according to the Department of Public Health:
· In 2009 there were 46,077 abortions.
· Abortions in the most populous county, Cook County from 25,196 in 2009 to 23,840 in 2010—a decrease of 1,356.
· In addition the number of abortions to non-Illinois residents decreased from 3,624 to 3,050.
· Abortions among Illinois minors — age 17 and under — dropped by 266: from 2,991 to 2,725.
· The 2010 abortion numbers dropped across all age groups.
Extremely positive news from Missouri as well, including another first. For the first time since 1973, there were fewer than 10,000 abortions. In 2010 there were 9,796 abortions, according to figures provided by the state Department of Health. The greatest number of abortions in Missouri took place in 1980: 21,671.
In addition, according to the Missouri Catholic Conference, “Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, currently the only active abortion provider in the state, had a net loss of more than a half-million dollars and cut payments to its abortion doctors by almost one-sixth.”
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