By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
A deep dive into the latest abortion statistics from Pennsylvania shows some disturbing trends.
To begin with, abortion totals rose sharply in 2022 over 2021 totals. A staggering 34,838 abortions occurred in Pennsylvania in 2022, up 1,632 over the 2021 figures. The abortion industry has made it no secret it is trying to increase abortions in the Keystone State—even going so far as to try to market to potential customers in other states.
Abortion also continues to afflict a disproportionate number of women of color in Pennsylvania. Nearly 15,000 abortions were performed on Black women in 2022, with Latino women accounting for 12.4 percent of all abortions that year.
Teenage abortions are also on the rise. Some 22 abortions were performed on girls age 13 and younger, leaving one to wonder whether abortion facilities reported these cases of child sexual abuse to the authorities.
More than 500 abortions took the lives of preborn babies of 21 to 23 weeks gestation, demonstrating that late-term abortions are also a distinct problem in the Commonwealth.
Chemical abortions accounted for most of the abortions taking place in Pennsylvania, meaning that women and girls have been left to deal with the traumatic and tragic aftermath of abortion on their own, without the presence of medical personnel. Many may not have known the full extent of fetal development until they were confronted with the corpse of their dead baby.
Also alarming is the complication rate from abortions. Doctors submitted some 469 reports of complications in 2022—an astounding 45.6 percent increase over 2021 totals. Most of the complications were attributed to baby body parts remaining in the mothers’ wombs, while the rest reportedly involved bleeding and infection.
Why are so many complications occurring? And what, if anything, is Governor Josh Shapiro’s Administration doing to address this critical health care problem?
Abortion totals would have been much higher in Pennsylvania in 2022 were it not for the Commonwealth’s groundbreaking Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services program, administered by Real Alternatives, Inc. Sadly, Governor Shapiro canceled Real Alternatives’ contract at the end of 2023, robbing the program of vital state funds.
One abortion is a tragedy. 34,838 is a disaster of epic proportions.