Abortion Numbers Dropping In Wisconsin

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 6:12 am

The number of abortions performed in Wisconsin dropped by more than 4 percent last year, according to a new report published Monday.

The Department of Health Services reports that there were 6,927 abortions in 2012; down from 7,249 in 2011, for a drop of 4.4 percent.

The Associated Press notes this marks the third year in a row that abortions have gone down. Prior to an increase between 2008 and 2009, abortions had dropped for five straight years.

The rate of women aged 15-44 who had an abortion in 2012 was 6.1 per 1,000. That’s far less than the national rate of 15.1 per 1,000 as of the most recent data available from 2009.

State law requires any facility that provides abortions to report statistics to the state.

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