Tennessee Abortions Drop to Lowest Point Since 1977, Down 7 Percent

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 19, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 19, 2006

Nashville, TN (LifeNews.com) — Continuing a trend that is occurring in most other states, the number of abortions in Tennessee has dropped to its lowest level in almost 30 years. Not since 1977 has the number of annual abortions been this low.

Tennessee Right to Life reports that the number of abortions in 2004 dropped by more than 1,000.

In 2003, 14,933 abortions were reported performed on women residing in Tennessee. In 2004, the number dropped to 13,902, a 6.9% decline or 1,031 fewer abortions.

Donald O’Connor of Tennessee Right to Life said his group was pleased to see so many "lives saved" in the course of a year.

"After a long wait, the Tennessee Department of Health has finally released the most recent abortion numbers for 2004 and the news is good," he explained.

In 2000, 19,010 women obtained abortions in Tennessee, producing a rate of 15.2 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. The rate increased 4% since 1996, when it was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44. Abortions in Tennessee represent 1.4 of all abortions in the United States.

Part of the decline may have to do with a lowering of the number of abortion businesses in the state. In 2000, there were 16 abortion centers in Tennessee. This represents a 20% decrease from 1996, when there were 20 abortion businesses.

There are nor abortion centers in the Clarksville-Hopkinsville or Jackson metropolitan areas.

In Tennessee, 114,530 of the 1,253,024 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2000. 70% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 15% in induced abortions.

Related wb sites:
Tennessee Right to Life – https://tennesseerighttolife.org