(Excerpt from the Right to Life of Michigan News)
“For the past two years, the number of reported abortions performed in Michigan have increased. An increase in the number of chemical abortions committed as well as a marked rise in the number of out-of-state mothers coming to Michigan for abortions played a noted role in the uptick.
Data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 27,629 induced abortions in Michigan in 2014. This is a 5.8 percent increase from the 26,120 total reported Michigan abortions in 2013, but a 43.7 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of reported induced abortions).
In 2014, 6,935 chemical abortions were reported, up from the 5,103 in 2013. Chemical abortions now comprise 25 percent of all reported abortions performed in Michigan.
Another disturbing reality revealed a jump in the number of women from other states coming to Michigan for abortions. In 2013 there were 708 non-Michigan residents who had abortions. In 2014 that number increased to 1,317. The recent closing of an abortion clinic in Toledo, Ohio has likely played a role in the number of women crossing into Michigan for abortions.
A life-affirming trend, however continued as abortions performed on girls under the age of 18 went down. In 1990, 3,820 abortions on minors were reported. The reported figure for 2014 is 917. This represents a 76 percent decrease since 1990. In 1990, 10.6 percent of Michigan’s abortions were performed on minor girls. In 2014, that number is down to 3.3 percent.
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No matter 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 s a reminder that our pro-life efforts must continue – lives depend on us.”