Michigan Abortions Down Over Three Percent to Lowest Level Since 1979

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Michigan Abortions Down Over Three Percent to Lowest Level Since 1979

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 22
, 2008

Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — New statistics released today from the Michigan Department of Community Health show the number of abortions dropped in 2007. The number of abortions in Michigan is now at its lowest level since 1979, when the state health department first began tracking figures.

The report shows 24,683 abortions were done in Michigan during 2007 compared to 25,636 Michigan abortions in 2006, a drop of 3.7 percent or 953 abortions.

Since 1987, there has been a 49.7 percent decrease in the number of abortions performed in Michigan annually.

That huge drop is thanks in part to pregnancy centers in the state and the work of groups like Right to Life of Michigan that have focused on education and run significant media campaigns helping women find abortion alternatives.

Abortions in Michigan have now dropped three of the last four years.

RLM president told LifeNews.com her group is "extremely grateful for the large decrease in abortions."

"The fact that fewer women are having abortions in Michigan demonstrates more and more women are coming to the realization that abortion is not the answer to an unplanned pregnancy," she said.

Listing also credited the state legislature with approving laws that have made an enormous impact in lowering the abortion figures. She said laws like parental consent and informed consent have played a role in lowering the totals.

She hopes the Ultrasound Viewing Option law, enacted in 2006 to give women considering an abortion the option of viewing a live image of their child on ultrasound, will help to continue this positive trend.

“We will continue to reach out to women in need so that they know abortion is not their only option. There are far too many women who enter an abortion clinic thinking this is the only choice," she told LifeNews.com.

"There are more than 100 pregnancy centers in Michigan which can help women find real and life-affirming options for themselves and their children, and our toll-free 1-800-57WOMAN number is designed to connect women to these essential resources," she added.