Two Dynamics: Chemical Abortions and Women from Other States Coming to Michigan
Editor’s note. This analysis comes from Right to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate.
Data released by the Michigan Department of Community Health showed an increase in the number of reported abortions performed in 2014.
A total of 27,629 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2014, which was a 5.8 percent increase from the total of 26,120 reported in 2013 but a 43.7 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of induced abortions).
Chemical abortions (non-surgical) increased last year. In 2014, 6,935 chemical abortions were committed which is up from the 5,103 committed in 2013.
Michigan residents received 95.3 percent of the induced abortions that occurred in Michigan in 2014. The data shows an increase in the number of women from other states coming to Michigan for abortions; in 2013 there were 708 non-Michigan residents who had abortions and in 2014 that number increased to 1,317.
However the trend of declining abortions committed on girls under the age of 18 continued. In 1990, 3,820 abortions on minors were reported. The reported figure for 2014 is 917. This represents a 76 percent decrease since 1990.
No matter what the procedure or where the mothers come from to have an abortion, we are deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives. While the overall trend of decreasing abortions is encouraging, this year’s increase and the annual overall numbers serve as a reminder that our prolife efforts must continue – lives depend on us.