Abortions continue to decrease in Arizona

By Dave Andrusko

The good news continues in Arizona as the number of abortions in 2015 continued a downward trend that began in 2011.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported that for the 2015 reporting year, the total number of abortions dropped to 12,655 from 12,900 performed in 2014.

The 2015 figure is down from 13,606 abortions in 2011.

Likewise the abortion rate dropped from 10.7/1,000 women of child-bearing age in 2011 to 9.5/1,000 women of child-bearing age (15-44) in 2015.

Pro-abortion sources attributed the decline to “Fewer women in the country are having unintended pregnancies,” in the words of Rachel Jones, a principal researcher at the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

But Jones conceded to Cronkite News that the decline in abortions could be traced to “the laws and restrictions that reduce access to abortion facilities.” Arizona has adopted various protective regulations in recent years intended to give abortion-minded women the chance to know more about their unborn child and their options.

The decrease mirrors the drop in abortions nationwide–below a million in 2013 and 2014, according to Guttmacher, the first time since 1974, the year following the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nation-wide. Also tracking national trends, there was an increase in the number of chemically-induced abortion.

“Surgical abortion procedures were used to perform approximately 67.9 percent (n = 8,479) of reported resident abortions,” according to the Department of Health Services. “The percent of resident women who received non-surgical abortions increased to 32 percent (n = 3,996) in 2015.”