Abortions up in Michigan because of more chemical abortions and more non-residents having abortions in Michigan

But total still down 43.7% from 1987

By Dave Andrusko

baby-from-godRight to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate, has posted a thoughtful explanation of why abortions went up in their state in 2014. When combined with information found on the Michigan Department of Community Health site, the reader has a keen understanding why abortions increased from 26,120 in 2013 to 27,629 in 2014.

However at the same time, RTL of Michigan reminds us of the big picture: the 2014 total still represents a 43.7% decrease since 1987, the year with the largest number of induced abortions.

There are “two dynamics,” RTL of Michigan reported on its blog: “Chemical Abortions and Women from Other States Coming to Michigan.”

Chemical abortions–“RU-486”– are non-surgical abortions. In 2013, there were 5,103 chemical abortions but in 2014 the number increased to 6,935 chemical abortions, a 36% increase. There is a reason Planned Parenthood is making expansion of chemical abortions a top priority.

And there were more non-residents obtaining abortions in Michigan last year. “In 2013 there were 708 non-Michigan residents who had abortions and in 2014 that number increased to 1,317,” RTL of Michigan reported.

A good piece of news is the number of abortions to girls under 18 continued to drop. The largest number of abortions on minors was 1990– 3,820. The reported figure for 2014 was 917–a 76% decrease from 1990.

In the summary of its report, the Michigan Department of Community Health noted

The majority of Michigan residents receiving induced abortions (46.4 percent) were under 25 years of age, while 11.0 percent were less than 20 years old. These are much smaller proportions than the 64.6 and 30.6 percent observed, respectively, in 1985.

A particularly grim statistic is the incidence of repeat abortion. The MDCH reported

In 2014, about 49% of the resident women receiving abortions had no previous induced abortions. In general, from 1985 through 2014, a gradual increase has been observed with the proportion of women reporting two or more induced abortions, going from 14.6 percent in 1985 to 24.8 percent in 2014. The proportion of women who had no previous induced abortion has generally declined, falling from 59.5 percent in 1985 to 49.1 percent in 2014.