Affected person inflow from different states will increase Kansas abortions

The variety of abortions carried out in Kansas elevated by 9.1% final yr

TOPEKA, Kan. — The variety of abortions carried out in Kansas elevated by 9.1% final yr, largely as a result of extra girls traveled from different states to terminate pregnancies than in 2019.

The state Division of Well being and Atmosphere experiences that 7,542 abortions had been carried out in 2020, a rise of 626 from 6,916 in 2019.

Ladies and women from Oklahoma and Texas had 566 abortions in Kansas in 2020, up from 110 in 2019. The extra 456 abortions had been the majority of the entire improve in abortions in Kansas.

The Kansas well being division stated 3,901 abortions, or practically 52%, had been for sufferers from outdoors the state. It was the primary time the division reported that extra abortions had been carried out on sufferers from outdoors Kansas than on sufferers from Kansas since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court docket legalized abortion nationwide.

“Gov. Kelly owns this improve,” stated Jeanne Gawdun, senior lobbyist for Kansans for Life, the state’s most politically influential anti-abortion group. “We will now think about her the abortion-industry governor.”

The report on abortions, launch late final week, got here as either side ready for an August 2022 statewide vote on a proposed anti-abortion modification. The measure would overturn a 2019 choice by the Kansas Supreme Court docket declaring entry to abortion a “basic proper” beneath the Kansas Structure.

The 9.1% bounce in abortions was the biggest annual improve since at the very least 1995, when the state started requiring all well being care suppliers to report any abortions they carried out. Since then, abortions in Kansas peaked at 12,445 in 1999, then declined in 16 of the next 20 years.

A major proportion of Kansas abortions traditionally have been carried out for Missouri sufferers, notably within the Kansas Metropolis space. In 2020, the quantity was 3,201 or 42% of the entire.

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