South Carolina Abortions Drop in 2009, Lowest Since 2005

State   |   Holly Gatling   |   Jun 8, 2011   |   1:40PM   |   Columbia, SC

The number of abortions occurring in South Carolina declined again in 2009 dipping to under 7,000 for the first time since 2005.

Obtained from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Biostatistics, the report showed there were 6,911 abortions performed in 2009 in six facilities including three free-standing abortion business and three hospitals.  The 2009 number is down by 276 from 2008.

For a complete report of abortions occurring in South Carolina since 1970, see the graph at

According to DHEC, for 2009 the Charleston Women’s Medical Center reported the most abortions — 2,516 — cornering just over 36 percent of the abortion market in the Palmetto State.  Its business, however, was down by 34 abortion from 2008.

The Greenville Women’s Clinic was second highest with 2,191 abortions, although its business showed the most significant decline of 346 abortions from the previous year.

Planned Parenthood of South Carolina located in Columbia performed the fewest number of abortions of the free-standing facilities; however its business increased.  It reported 2,161 abortions in 2009, an increase of 87 abortion deaths of unborn children from 2008. The Medical University of South Carolina reported 29 abortions; Greenville Memorial Hospital reported 13 abortions; and AnMed Health in Anderson, S.C., reported one abortion in 2009.

Overall abortions in South Carolina have declined by 50 percent since the peak in 1988 when DHEC records showed 14,133 abortions occurring in our state. Note:  Holly Gatling is the executive director of South Carolina Citizens for Life.