Michigan Abortions Increase as Abortions Drop Nationally to Historic Lows

A total of 27,629 abortions were reported in Michigan in 2014, a 5.8 percent increase from 2013, according to the annual report from the Michigan Department of Community Health. Most of the country is seeing abortion drop to historic lows since Roe v. Wade, and although the Michigan numbers went up in 2014, they are significantly lower than what they once were. The 2014 total represents a 43.7 percent decrease in the number of unborn babies who were aborted since 1987, according to Right to Life of Michigan. “No matter what the procedure or where the mothers come from to have an abortion, we are deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives. While the overall trend of decreasing abortions is encouraging, this year’s increase and the annual overall numbers serve as a reminder that our pro-life efforts must continue – lives depend on us,” the Michigan pro-life group said in a statement. The online news website Michigan Live reports that pro-life and abortion advocates both say the numbers could be up because of a 2012 Michigan law that tightened the penalties for abortion sites that fail to report their abortion numbers. Genevieve Marnon of Right to Life of Michigan told the news site that some abortion facilities were not reporting their abortion numbers to the state, but the new law changed that. She said they anticipated an increase this year because of previous under-reporting. “The state never reported abortions performed in Muskegon,” even though there was an abortion facility there, Marnon said. The Muskegon abortion facility, Women’s Medical Clinic, closed after the new law went into effect, according...