Abortions in Louisiana drop to ten year low

By Dave Andrusko

Good news coming out of Louisiana. Last week the Louisiana Department of Health’s State Registrar & Vital Records reported a 10-year-low in the number of abortions performed in 2018.

Last year there were 8,084 abortion in Louisiana, an almost 8% decline from 2017 “and the fewest since 2009 when there were 8,167 and the fourth consecutive annual decrease,” The Monroe News Star reported. Going back to 2014—when there were 10,211 abortions—the 2018 figures represent a 20% drop.

“Every baby lost to abortion is a tragedy, but we can celebrate the 658 babies alive today who might have been aborted in 2017,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life.

“We believe our nation is waking up more every day to the injustice of abortion, and these numbers show the continued statewide and national trend toward life,” Clapper continued. “We celebrate all those in the pro-life movement who offer support to pregnant moms before and after birth and those who help them choose life. We will continue to work until every baby is protected by law and welcomed with love.”

There are three abortion clinics in Louisiana, “one each in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport,” according to reporter Greg Hilburn. “Shreveport is the only clinic where the abortion provider currently has admitting privileges…”

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, here are the number of abortions performed annually in Louisiana during the past 10 years.

  • 2017: 8,706
  • 2016: 8,973
  • 2015: 9,311
  • 2014: 10,211
  • 2013: 9,976
  • 2012: 9,225
  • 2011: 8,955
  • 2010: 8,870
  • 2009: 8,167

“Gov. John Bel Edwards who is openly pro-life said in a statement that he and wife Donna Edwards are committed to reducing the number of abortions in Louisiana,” according to Maria Clark of The Times-Picayune. “He commended the work of the Department of Children and Family Services, which has increased the number of adoptions from 735 children to 912 over the past three years.”