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...

Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2012

Since 1969, CDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States. Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City). The reporting areas provide this information voluntarily. For 2012, data were received from 49 reporting areas. A total of 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC for 2012. Of these abortions, 98.4% were from the 47 reporting areas that provided data every year during 2003–2012. MMWR Surveillance Summaries MMWR Surveill Summ 2015;64(No. SS-10), Karen Pazol, PhD; Andreea A. Creanga, MD, PhD; Denise J. Jamieson, MD Vol. 64, No. SS-10 November 27, 2015 [November 25, 2015, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6410a1.htm?s_cid=ss6410a1_e ] ——————————————————————————– US: CDC Reports Sharp Decline in Abortions Reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show a dramatic decline in abortions across the US. In November, the CDC reported there were 699,202 abortions in 2012, down from 1.5 million in the late 1980s, and a December report showed the abortion rate declined by over one-third between 1990 and 2010. Pro-life leaders welcomed the news, attributing the decline to an increase in laws that protect life as well as a cultural shift away from abortion. 231 new pro-life laws were enacted between 2010 and 2014. [Ed. California, which historically recorded ~250,000 abortions per year, and two other states, have not reported abortions to CDC for several years.] [from 2015: 47 New Pro-Life Laws Enacted in US; PNCI Global News_Dec 22, 2015] ——————————————————————————– 2012 USA Abortion Surveillance released 25...