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Abortions Drop in Pennsylvania

by | Dec 31, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

A tip of the hat to the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation for linking to a new report from the state health department which shows that the number of abortions performed in 2010 dropped 1.4% from 2009 and represents a 44.1% decrease from the highest number which occurred in 1980. 

Highlights of the report (which can be found at ( include

·         The number of abortions in 2010 was 36,778. In 2009 there were 37,284 abortions. There were 65,777 abortions in 1980.

·         “Over 87 percent or 32,238 of the abortions performed in Pennsylvania  in 2010 were to unmarried women.”

·         93% of abortions were performed in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

·         “In 2010, there were 61 reports of complications from abortions which were submitted by [abortionists], representing 29.8 percent more than the 47 reported in 2009.”  Almost 69 percent of the complications were related to incomplete abortions—meaning parts of the aborted baby were left remaining in the mother. And “19.7 percent of complications related to infections and 9.8 percent to excessive bleeding.”

·         There was no breakout of the overall racial makeup of the state, but we know that minority women have a disproportionate number of abortions. The reports merely says, “Almost 52 percent of all abortions performed in Pennsylvania were to white women and 15,393 or 42.0 percent were to black women.” In addition, “Abortions to women of Hispanic origin (regardless of race) accounted for 2,880 or 7.8 percent of all abortions in 2010.”

·         The age group 20-24 accounted for 35.2% of all abortions. Women 19 and under accounted for 16.1%.

·         There are 65 licensed hospitals that perform abortions in 2010 and 22 non-hospital facilities.

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