For Immediate Release
Jonathan Larance, 785-291-3684
A preliminary report released today by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) revealed that there were 8,338 reported abortions reported in 2010, the lowest reported number since 1988. There were 1,136, or 12 percent, fewer reported abortions when compared to 2009 and 3,989, or 32.4 percent, fewer when compared to 2000.
In-state residents slightly outnumbered out-of-state residents, 4,188 reports to 4,150. Of the 4,150 out-of-state residents who obtained abortions in Kansas, 4,077 (98.2 percent) were Missouri residents.
Women 20-24 years of age comprise the largest age-group seeking abortions (33.6 percent). The largest decline in the number of procedures also occurred to women 20-24 years of age, which decreased by 344 procedures (10.9 percent) compared to 2009.
State law requires that physicians, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers report abortions to KDHE. The Women’s-Right-to-Know Act requires physicians who perform abortions to provide certain information, to meet individually with women seeking an abortion, and to report to KDHE the number of certifications received. There were 8,615 physician certifications reported in 2010.
This report is a preliminary analysis of these data as collected by the KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics. The preliminary report can be viewed by going to http://www.kdheks.gov/hci/absumm.html.