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Pennsylvania Abortion Totals Rise

by | Jan 4, 2023

But the Number Would be Much Higher Were It Not for Pregnancy Help

By Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

HARRISBURG, PA—The number of abortions rose in Pennsylvania during the year 2021, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania  Department of Health.

“Every abortion is a tragedy, but the increase in the number of abortions in Pennsylvania is particularly disturbing,” said Maria Gallagher, legislative director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Keystone State affiliate of National Right to Life.

“Pennsylvania women deserve better than abortion, which is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life,” Gallagher added. “We need to invest more in services that empower pregnant women to make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families.”

Statistics show 33,206 abortions took place in Pennsylvania in 2021, an increase of 1,083 abortions over the 2020 total of 32,123.

“Imagine how many kindergarten classes the number 1,083 represents,” Gallagher said. “We mourn the loss of these precious children, who never got the chance to see their mother’s face.”

The upsurge in abortion totals appears to be driven by the ever-rising number of chemical abortions, which now outnumber surgical abortions. The Department of Health states that 322 reports of complications from abortions were recorded in 2021—a dramatic increase of nearly 35 percent over the previous year’s totals.

“Why are so many complications being reported?,” Gallagher asked. “This is a public health problem that deserves immediate attention from Health Department officials.”

The number of abortions in Pennsylvania would be much higher were it not for Pennsylvania’s groundbreaking Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program, which provides comprehensive counseling and support for women facing unexpected pregnancies. The program, administered by Real Alternatives, has become a model for the rest of the nation.

The statistics would also be higher were it not for the many other pregnancy resource centers throughout Pennsylvania, which offer everything from diapers to day care referrals, and from mentoring to maternity clothes to pregnant women in need.