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Number of abortions in Kansas falls

March 31, 2006

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— The number of abortions performed in Kansas decreased for the fourth straight year, according to state statistics.

There were 10,542 abortions in Kansas in 2005, down from 11,446 in 2004, a nearly 8 percent decrease, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported.

The number of abortion has declined each year since 2001 when 12,422 were reported.

Officials said they had no idea why the number is decreasing except that similar decreases have occurred nationwide.

Of the abortions performed in Kansas, 53.4 percent were to in-state patients, and 46.6 percent were from out of state, mostly from Missouri.

Women 20- to 24-years-old, who had no children and were receiving their first abortion was the largest group reported.

Comments

jayhawks71 8 years, 10 months ago

Praise Phil Kline, I am sure he will take credit. rolls eyes

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

Not necessarily so, Marion. Children tend to rebel against their parents.

Kodiac 8 years, 10 months ago

Hey Godot,

I am curious, why did you ask this question?

"How many live births were there?"

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

March 16, 2006, LJW "¢ There were 6,271 births in the county during the period, (2000 through 2005).

March 31, 2006, LJW: "There were 10,542 abortions in Kansas in 2005, down from 11,446 in 2004, a nearly 8 percent decrease, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported.

The number of abortion has declined each year since 2001 when 12,422 were reported."

That would be approximately 45,000 babies aborted in all of Kansas while during the same time period, in Douglas County, which is one of the few growing counties in the state, there were only 6,271 births.

Sobering. No wonder our school populations are shrinking.

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, add another 12,000 onto the 45,000 (I left out the year 2000), and you get 57,000 abortions in the entire state compared to 6,271 live births in one growing and vital county. I don't have time to look for the statistics of live births for the entire state during that time, but I'd like to see the comparison.

Kodiac 8 years, 10 months ago

Godot,

You forgot to subtract the out of staters from the total abortions.

This article says "Of the abortions performed in Kansas, 53.4 percent were to in-state patients, and 46.6 percent were from out of state, mostly from Missouri."

Kodiac 8 years, 10 months ago

If you assume roughly a 50/50 split over the time frame of 2000 to 2005 then the number for Kansans would be closer to around 30,000 over that time frame.

Confrontation 8 years, 10 months ago

Yet another example of religious hypocrites. Everyone is praising God, yet your "religious" sisters are participating.

http://www.mnstate.edu/gracyk/courses/phil%20115/Stats_on_abortion.htm

"Religion - 43% of women getting an abortion identify as Protestant & 27% Catholic."

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

I found it. 204,633 births from 2000 to 2005. Abortions, then, were 15% as commonplace as were births.

Wow. Two doctors did 57,000 abortions in 5 years. That is quite an assembly line production. Or should I say "disassembly line?"

badger 8 years, 10 months ago

You know, if there are fewer abortions nationwide, that's a good thing. I'm happy about that.

I don't know that it necessarily indicates (as I'm sure some members of the pro-life movement will claim) that it means more people are choosing to bear the children - especially given low live birth numbers like Godot put up.

I think that if both live births and abortions are declining, then that says to me that maybe birth control is being used and working more often, and since that means that people who don't want to have kids aren't having to make the choice about whether to keep them or not, I'm happy with it.

I'd be happiest if everyone who didn't want kids successfully used birth control (I'm including 'abstinence' as a form of birth control, btw) and no one ever had to face that choice unexpectedly, and if we could eradicate the birth defects that would cause a parent to abort a wanted child, but in the meantime, I'll take a decline in pregnancies and a corresponding decline in abortions as a positive, you know?

Moderateguy 8 years, 10 months ago

Now that the conservatives have made sex-education an opt-in deal, expect those numbers to go up a bit again.

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

Badger is right, a population of 2,700,000 that generates an average of 50,000 live births per year is deep into decline.

I'm partly facetious here, partly not. Illegal immigration might be what saves Kansas.

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

Having babies Americans won't have.

xenophonschild 8 years, 10 months ago

One thing about abortions in Kansas has always puzzled me. Finally, after all the lies and distortions, we are able to recognize that the essence of Republican conservatism is disdain for the poor and minorities. Republicans truly only care about the rich, and then only the super rich.

What puzzles me is, since Republicans so quietly disdain the poor and minorities, why do they protest so vehemently when the poor and minorities try to get abortions? One would think that, since they shun the poor and minorities so completely, because they complain endlessly that the poor and minorities "breed like rats," conservative Republicans should dance with joy that so many poor, minoritiy girls and women have had abortions over the last forty years.

But no. Conservative Republicans hold hands in their churches and weep tears over "the murdered unborn." They fill pages of Internet blogs, even this one, with their anger and indignation that the poor and minorities choose to exercise their constitutional right to abortion.

Why? Is is because they regret the loss of life, for such loss means they won't be able to hire the unborn children as cheap labor, at minimum wage? Or are they hypocrites, who say one thing in the company of their fellow men, but something else entirely in the bathroom mirror? Yes, it is a puzzle. Especially in Kansas.

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

To Xenophobe: How many rich people are there in Kansas who are not part of government, really? And what proof do you have that the women who have abortions are poor? Where do these poor women get the money to pay for abortions if they, as the poor, do not have health insurance, or money for rent or for food

I think it is plausible that a large number of the 1.5 women out of 10 in Kansas who become pregnant who choose to abort their babies are priviliged, moneyed, and/or potentially educated women who, caught between the idealism of free sex and professional success, vs. the responsiblities and self sacrifice of parenthood, choose to end the lives they have created to further their own comfortable lives.

dizzy_from_your_spin 8 years, 10 months ago

Does this have any bearing on Kansas' ranking as the "Abortion Capital Of the World"? Or, thanks to Tiller the killer, are we still #1? Why does Kansas need casinos to compete with our destination abortuaries?

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

" Why does Kansas need casinos to compete with our destination abortuaries?"

Brilliant!!! Levy a 25% tax on all elective abortion services! That should solve the education funding problem.

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

Add another 50 percent for "sin," as in purchasing tobacco and alcohol. Legal activities taxed in an effort to make the choice to do that activity more painful, financially. I like that.

Godot 8 years, 10 months ago

So, Roe v Wade says abortion is a right. Does it say it should be tax-free?

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