October 23, 2014

Abortions declined in 2012

The number of abortions performed on women in Wisconsin declined for a third straight year in 2012. That’s according to numbers released Monday by the state Department of Health Services, which reports there were 6927 abortions last year, or 4.4 percent fewer than the 7249 abortions statewide in 2011. Wisconsin had 6.1 abortions last year for every 1000 ages 15 to 44. That’s well below the national rate of 15.1 per thousand in 2009, the most recent year for which figures were available. Women between the ages of 20 to 24 accounted for the largest percentage of abortions to Wisconsin residents, at 34 percent.