Statistics show decline in abortion in Ky.


Statistics supplied by the state reflect a double-digit drop in the number of abortions performed in Kentucky between 2010 and 2014. The Associated Press collected the latest annual numbers of abortions from health departments in all 45 of the U.S. states that compile such data on a comprehensive basis.

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NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IN KY:

2010: 3,929.

2014: 3,442.

Change: -12.4 percent.

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ADVOCATES ON BOTH SIDES:

• Michael Janocik, assistant director of the Kentucky Right to Life Association: “Based on the long and consistent trend of fewer and fewer abortions procured each year, one thing is clear: the more women learn about abortion, the more likely they are to choose life-affirming alternatives such as adoption. Though we are encouraged by Kentucky’s lowest abortion numbers in decades, 3,442 abortions is still 3,442 too many. So long as Roe v. Wade’s abortion-on-demand is the law of the land, we have much work to do.”

• Derek Selznick, the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project Director: “This latest study’s findings seem to follow a trend, abortion rates are on the decline and have been for some years. Changes in abortion rates may be attributed to several variables, but we know that when women have access to affordable, effective methods of contraception there are fewer unintended pregnancies, and therefore fewer abortions. Here in the commonwealth specifically, the Affordable Care Act has allowed thousands of Kentuckians to gain access to quality health care coverage, some for the very first time. This coverage is not only leading to better health outcomes for Kentuckians overall, but has expanded access to long-term contraceptives. Despite declining rates of abortion in Kentucky and across the country, legislative efforts to restrict access to the safe and legal procedure are on a meteoric rise.”

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