By Kathy Ostrowski, Legislative Director, Kansans for Life
In 2013 abortions decreased by 1.6% from 2012, according to the annual preliminary report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released last week.
This figure includes all abortions that took place within state boundaries as well as those abortions obtained in other states by Kansas women and teens.
Kansas’ estimated 2013 abortion total is 7,479, compared with the adjusted final total of 7,598 in 2012. “In-state residents slightly outnumbered out-of-state residents,” the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) report found: 3,757 to 3,722.
Unfortunately, Kansas is zooming ahead in the use of chemical abortions (RU-486), called a “medical procedure” in the KDHE report. In 2012, 30.1% were chemical abortions but in 2012 the figure had jumped to a whopping 38.8%.
This far outstrips the 2011 national average of 22.6 % reported by the abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute.
As has been the case for the last five years, half of Kansas abortions were obtained by non-residents– 3,722 in 2013, of whom 3,611 were from Missouri. This is very likely due to the fact that there is a Planned Parenthood situated just over the Kansas-Missouri state line in Kansas City, on the Kansas side. By contrast, only 147 Kansas females obtained abortions outside their home state last year.
In 2013, Kansas lost 3,757 unborn Kansans to abortion, a slight decrease from the 3,802 in 2012. However, that number is subject to change. Other states are later than Kansas in issuing annual notices of abortions obtained by nonresidents, and the Kansas total may yet rise a bit.
The KDHE report shows some sad statistics similar to nation-wide patterns. In Kansas
- 89% of these abortions were done before 12 weeks gestation;
- 86.5% of these women were unmarried;
- 60% of these women had one or more living children;
- 36% of these women had one or more prior abortions.