• Wisconsin Abortions Drop To All-Time Recorded Low

    The number of abortions in Wisconsin dropped by 10 percent to a record low in 2014, according to state mandated data released Tuesday.

    Wisconsin medical facilities reported 5,800 abortions in 2014, down from 6,251 in 2013 and the lowest number recorded since the state began keeping track in 1977. It’s also a huge decline from the record high of 21,754 abortions in 1980.

    The abortion to birth ratio has also dropped steadily, from a high of 29 abortions per 100 babies in 1980 to a low of 10 abortions to 100 babies in 2014, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health. (RELATED: 4,500 Fewer Abortions In Texas In 2013)

    The downward trend echoes a national pattern of fewer abortions, which anti-abortion activists attribute to increasingly stringent abortion laws, but which pro-abortion activists attribute to fewer unplanned pregnancies thanks to better and more readily available contraceptives. (RELATED: Nearly 1 in 3 Abortions Happen At Planned Parenthood ‘Health’ Clinics)

    Gov. Scott Walker, who is running for president, recently signed a 20-week abortion ban into law. Just 1 percent of the 5,800 abortions performed in 2014 killed fetuses over 20 weeks. Another 6 percent killed fetuses between 16 and 20 weeks old.

    The vast majority occurred before 12 weeks, in the first trimester of pregnancy, and were surgical abortions, as opposed to chemically induced abortions. (RELATED: Kansas Bans ‘Dismemberment’ Abortions)

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