FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2014

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Preliminary Report Published: Abortions in Kansas, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has published a report titled Abortions in Kansas, 2013, Preliminary Report. The report reveals there were 7,479 abortions reported in 2013, which is 119 less than what was reported in 2012. There were 3,757 reports of in-state residents compared with 3,722 out-of-state residents. Of the 3,722 out-of-state residents who obtained abortions in Kansas, 3,611 (97%) were residents of Missouri. Women 20-24 years of age comprised the largest age-group seeking abortions (33.3%).

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 and certify to KDHE the number of informed-consents obtained from patients. There were 7,662 informed-consent certifications reported by physicians in 2013. That amount is 183 more than the number of procedures performed.

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 online at www.kdheks.gov/hci/absumm.html.