Abortions Drop Another 16%
As NRL News Today reported, last week testimony was presented in the Wisconsin Federal Court Western District on a challenge to Wisconsin’s new law which requires that an abortion provider have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. Wisconsin abortion providers stated under oath that abortions have decreased from 6,927 in 2012 to roughly 5,800 in 2013. There are four abortion clinics in Wisconsin.
“This is another sharp decline of approximately 16%, continuing Wisconsin’s record as having some of the lowest abortion numbers in the country,” said Barbara L. Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin testified that 3,300 abortions were performed in 2013 at its three abortion clinics. Affiliated Medical Services (AMS) testified that it performed 2,500 abortions in 2013.
Lyons cautioned that the numbers presented are unofficial as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has not yet released its required annual report.
“The DHS numbers will be more specific and accurate since the numbers reported in court are rounded,” she noted. “Nonetheless, it is tremendous news that 1,100 fewer women and unborn babies were subjected to a brutal abortion procedure last year and the Wisconsin trend to reduce abortions continues.”
In August 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Induced Abortion Report showed a 4.4% decrease in abortions in Wisconsin for the year 2012. Abortions dipped from 7,249 in 2011 to 6,927 in 2012.
As noted above, that decline is continuing. The total number of abortions for 2013 was roughly 5,800.
Wisconsin Right to Life implements a bold, expansive strategy each year:
*Educate young people, women most likely to have an abortion, and the general public about the value of life.
*Refer women to resources to help carry their babies to term.
*Provide leadership for sweeping public policy reforms which protect women, unborn children, families and taxpayers. This includes legislation like Woman’s Right to Know, requiring parental consent prior to a minor girl’s abortion, preventing coerced abortions, prohibiting web cam abortions and the recently-enacted Sonya’s Law requiring ultrasound prior to abortion.
*The vision of these strategies makes Wisconsin a national model for abortion decrease. It is a gratifying fulfillment of our mission for Wisconsin Right to Life to lead combined efforts which result in life for vulnerable babies and spare their mothers a lifetime of emotional pain.