Abortion number, abortion rate drop to historic lows in Utah

By Dave Andrusko

Not only has the number of abortions in Kansas dropped to the lowest number in three decades, Utah Department of Health reported yesterday the great news that the number of abortions as well as the state’s abortion rate fell to an historic low in 2016.

An examination of the report shows there were 3,008 abortions in 2016 (200 of which were to women from out of state), a drop from 3,176 in 2015. The abortion rate likewise declined from 4.6/1,000 women ages 15-44 to 4.2 abortions/1,000 women 15-44.

That abortion rate “is the lowest since Utah began keeping records in 1975, said Richard Oborn of the Utah Department of Health,” Lindsay Whitehurst of the Associated Press reported.

A closer look reveals the tremendous progress made over the years in reducing the number of abortions and the abortion rate have dropped. For example, in 1980 the abortion rate was a whopping 11.1 and there were 4,086 abortions!

Whitehurst added

  • About 65 percent of women were in their 20s, and the rate was highest among women in that age group.
  • Nearly seven in 10 abortions were performed within the first eight weeks of gestation

Another look at the tables show that 448 of the Utah women had one previous abortion, 113 had undergone two previous abortions, 32 had three prior abortions, and ten women aborted four other babies.

Unlike Kansas, the most common method of abortion was not chemical abortions (1,072) but suction curettage (1,534).

68% of the women were unmarried.