By Dave Andrusko
In 2017, for the first time in eight years, the number of abortions increased in Wisconsin, according to the Department of Health Services’ annual report released Tuesday.
There were 5,818 abortions performed in Wisconsin in 2017, up from 5,612 reported for 2016.
“Abortions in the state had dropped each year since 2009, when DHS recorded 8,542 procedures,” according to WISC-TV.
“As disappointed as I am in seeing an increase in abortion numbers in Wisconsin, it really didn’t come as a surprise,” said Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.
“After a brand-new, state-of-the-art abortion clinic opened in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward we should have all been on high alert that abortions were soon to be on the upward climb,” she added.
Extracting numbers from the report, WISC-TV offer certain demographic breakdowns.
Women between the ages of 20 and 24 accounted for 30 percent of resident abortions, the largest proportion for state residents. Women between 18 and 19 obtained 6 percent of the abortions and girls between 15 and 17 obtained 3 percent.
“The news likely won’t be any better when the 2018 abortion numbers come in,” Weininger said. “Planned Parenthood is now open in Sheboygan, where their main focus is RU-486 abortions. While your taxpayer dollars might not be paying directly for these abortions, they are being used to promote Planned Parenthood to women and promote the falsehood that abortion is their only alternative.”
But she promised Wisconsin Right to Life would continue to vigorously counter Planned Parenthood in every way possible. “Wisconsin Right to Life will keep working to ensure women aren’t coerced into abortions,” she said.
We will make sure women know that there are life-affirming alternatives to abortion. We will work with pregnancy resource centers across the state to ensure women in crisis have help available to them, and we will continue to work on passing protective, pro-life legislation that ensures women know the truth about abortion and have real choices for themselves as well as their children.