Breaking: Wisconsin reports 10% drop in abortions in one year
MADISON, WI, August 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Abortions fell by 10 percent in the state of Wisconsin in 2014, the last year late-term abortions will be reported, according to figures just released by the state. However, ethnic minorities continue to be disproportionately impacted by the abortion industry.
According to the newly released report from the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services, there were a total of 5,800 abortions performed statewide - 5,460 abortions to Wisconsin residents - in 2014. That's down from 6,462 in 2013, when state residents had 6,251 abortions.
That is a massive fall from its record year of 1981, when a total of 21,754 abortions were performed.
The state's drop in abortions parallels a national trend that has seen abortion rates fall even in New York City, dubbed by many the abortion capital of the United States.
"Thanks to passionate pro-lifers like you, our statewide efforts are having an amazing impact," Pro-Life Wisconsin said following the announcement.
"While every life saved is great news, we aren't content to just see abortion decrease," the pro-life group continued. "We won't stop until the abortion rate is zero in our state. Let's keep working hard to save every unborn life!"
The state's induced abortion rate is far below the national average. Wisconsin women have 5.2 abortions per 1,000 women; the national average in 2011 was 13.9 per 1,000 for women aged 15-44.
Of overall abortions, 196 were to minors - six of them on girls younger than 15. A judge bypassed parental authority in 15 of unemancipated minors' abortions. The vast majority (161) were performed with the parents' consent.
None of the abortions performed on minors were reported due to sexual abuse.
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The vast majority of abortions - 88 percent - were performed on women who were single (77 percent), divorced (7 percent), separated (three percent), or widowed (one percent).
Ethnic minorities were vastly overrepresented in the figures.
While black women accounted for 26 percent of abortions, blacks make up about 6.5 percent of the state's population in 2013.
Hispanics are 6.3 percent of the state population but accounted for 11 percent of all abortions last year.
Presidential candidate Ben Carson made waves last week by saying that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger targeted minorities as part of her population control efforts.
Carson is currently challenging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for the Republican presidential nomination.