Kansas abortion statistics for 2010 were released by KDHE last week in the midst of crucial activities to pass pro-life legislation. Now that the lawmakers are on spring break, let’s look at what the figures tell us in addition to the fine Lifenews.com analysis here.
Abortions to Kansas women have steadily declined from 6,800 in 1996 to 4,188 in 2010. Total Kansas abortions to residents and non-residents in 2010 numbered 8,338, down 12% from the 2009 total of 9,472.
In 2010, Kansas abortionists reported to the state that 277 pregnant women were given abortion informed consent information but did not obtain Kansas abortions.
Since passage of the 1997 Woman’s Right to Know Act, 3,454 women were “certified” for a Kansas abortion but did not go through with them.
It is not recorded whether these women went to another state for an abortion or gave birth. We can only hope that in most cases, these women chose life, perhaps with the help of the 73 free pregnancy help centers in Kansas.
The 2010 abortion numbers reflect the closure of the Wichita clinic of George Tiller after his May 31, 2009 murder. Comparing 2008 –the final full year of Tiller abortions—with 2010, showed a difference of approximately 2300 abortions, 1600 in the 1st trimester and 700 in the 2nd and 3rd trimester.
Only one abortion after 22 weeks gestation was done in Kansas last year, reported as performed on a non-viable anencephalic unborn child. After the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act goes into effect in July, there will be no more abortions after 22 weeks gestation–regardless of the child’s condition– unless abortion is the sole resolution for permanent and irreversible physical damage to the mother, or her imminent death.
Total abortions officially reported in Kansas have not always matched the numbers reported by abortionists to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Since 1996, the annual numbers have aligned, staying in the mid ten thousands with the exception of a short-term rise in out-of-state resident abortions in Kansas from 1999-2001, resulting in totals reaching the mid twelve thousands. Since 2002, total abortions have zig-zagged downward to the new low of 8,338.
Of special note in the KDHE stats is that the largest growth sector (26.8%) of total Kansas abortions are done non-surgically with “method 1”… the dual pill protocol of RU-486 (mifepristone /Mifeprex) and misoprostol/Cytotec.
Although the actual cost of that drug regimen is less than $100, the national average price charged for a RU-486 abortion is $500. Thus, the three Kansas abortion businesses easily could have cleared 80% of $1 million dollars paid for the more than 2000 ‘easy’ abortions by pill obtained last year.
2006 FDA statistics attribute 1,100 injuries/hospitalizations and 13-30 adult female deaths to these abortion pills. States are increasingly passing laws prohibiting abortions by pills from occurring via ‘webcam’ without a physician onsite.
The clinic licensure bill (H sub SB 36) which passed the Kansas House last Thursday by a 96-27 vote, awaits action by Kansas Senators when they return April 27, and contains an anti-webcam abortion provision.