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up down arrows (2)Abortions decreased by 1.6% last year, according to the annual preliminary report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) released last week (see here). This figure includes all abortions within state boundaries as well as abortions obtained in other states by Kansas women and teens.

Kansas’ estimated 2013 abortion total is 7,479, compared with the adjusted final total of 7,598 in 2012, which is a slowing of the 5.6% rate decrease in 2012. But in whole numbers, this year’s total of Kansas resident abortions is approaching a historic low milestone–the 3,709 total of Kansas resident abortions reported in 1971. (Update April 2: typo corrected to read 3,709)

Unfortunately, Kansas is zooming ahead from a 30.1% ratio in 2012 of

abortions “by pill” (using Mifepristone, also called RU-486) to a whopping 38.8%

in 2013! This far outstrips the 2011 national RU-486 average of 22.2 % reported by the abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute.

As has been the case for the last 5 years, half of Kansas abortions were obtained by non-residents, 3,722 in 2013, of whom 3,611 hailed from Missouri. This is very likely due to the fact that there is a Planned Parenthood situated just over the Kansas-Missouri state line in Kansas City, on the Kansas side. By contrast, only 147 Kansas females obtained abortions outside their home state last year.

In 2013, Kansas lost 3,757 unborn Kansans to abortion, a slight decrease from the 3,802 in 2012. However, that number is subject to change, as other states are later than Kansas in issuing annual notices of abortions obtained by nonresidents, and the Kansas total may yet rise a bit.

The KDHE report shows some sad statistics similar to nation-wide patterns:

  • 89% of these abortions were done before 12 weeks gestation;
  • 86.5% of these women were unmarried;
  • 60% of these women had one or more living children;
  • 36% of these women had one or more prior abortions.

Kansas bans abortions from 22 weeks gestation onward, due to enactment of the Pain-capable Unborn child Protection Act in 2011. The only legal exceptions for such abortions are to prevent either the death of the mother or substantial and irreversible physical threats to her health. In 2013, two post-22 week abortions were reported in Kansas, and two obtained in other states by Kansas women.

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From an abortion total of 11,271 in 2006 to a reduction by 30% to 7,851 in 2011, the state health department (KDHE) figures show the fifth year of less abortion in Kansas.

Significantly fewer women actually complete a Kansas abortion after receiving informed consent materials as evidenced by the certifications submitted by clinics to KDHE. In 2010, there were 8,338 abortions after 8,615 women received initial paperwork inside clinics. In 2011, 8,033 certifications were filed, with only 7,851 women returning for an abortion.

UPDATE, March 31: The Kansas City Star reports that Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, attributes “much of the reduction to the shooting death of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller, who specialized in late-term procedures.” Impossible! Tiller was killed in May 2009 and all abortions “missing due to his absence” were noted in 2009 and finalized in 2010, the first full year without his doors open.

In round numbers, 8,600 women walked into 3 Kansas clinics in 2010 and only 8,000 walked into the same 3 Kansas clinics in 2011 and that had nothing to do with Tiller, nor with increased contraception–another Brownlie assertion.

There may be a direct reason 600 fewer women even stepped inside Kansas abortion clinics– existence of the best state “Woman’s Right to Know” website in the nation, including

  • comprehensive 4-D ultrasound video /audio providing real-time movies of the developing unborn child;
  • clearly marked directory headings for free ultrasounds and help for challenging pregnancies;
  • better written information describing the unborn child’s body systems and beating heart;
  • a 24-hour hotline.

Chemical abortion using the RU486 protocol (mifepristone) dropped 26%, from a high of 2,202 in 2010 (26.4% of annual Kansas abortions) to 1,624 in 2011 (20.7% of annual Kansas abortions). The decrease may stem from (more…)

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