The Wisconsin health department released new abortion numbers today and they provide additional evidence that cutting taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and enacting additional pro-life laws saves unborn babies from abortion. Specifically, 662 babies were saved from abortions in the latest year for which abortion data is available compared with the year before.
The newly released Department of Health Services Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin report shows there were 6,462 abortions performed in 2013 and 5,800 in 2014.
Those numbers come three years after pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill to cut taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
In 2013, Gov. Walker signed an ultrasound bill (Senate Bill 206, also known as Sonya’s Law) that ensures that women seeking abortions are given the opportunity to see their unborn children through ultrasound. The legislation also requires abortionists to have admitting privileges within thirty miles of their facility. This is the kind of pro-woman, pro-life bill that not only has proven to save the lives of unborn babies, but it has closed down abortion clinics that can’t comply with basic health and safety requirements. Sure enough, abortion centers in Wisconsin closed down after Walker signed the bill into law.
Wisconsin Right to Life officials tell LifeNews.com that those pro-life laws have had a direct impact on reducing abortions and saving lives.
“As the trend of the steep abortion decline in Wisconsin continues, Wisconsin Right to Life is again taking the lead in ensuring women and children have a chance at celebrating the gift of life,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “The 2014 released abortion numbers reveal there were 662 fewer abortions in 2014 than in 2013. This represents a 10% decrease in one year, and many lives saved from the pain of abortion!”
She said another pro-life law Walker signed will further reduce abortions because it bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because unborn babies are capable of feeling intense pain from the abortions. The pro-life advocate said the new state figures show 83 abortions were performed after the fifth month of pregnancy (when an unborn child is capable of feeling pain)
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“Each woman who spares herself and her unborn baby from the pain of abortion is bringing great joy to those of us who work to change hearts and minds on the right to life,” continued Weininger. “We are proud that during this legislative session, Wisconsin Right to Life took the lead in promoting the passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and as we can see from the numbers from 2014, another 83 babies could have been saved. Wisconsin Right to Life will continue its multi-faceted programs to fuel the abortion decline so that even more unborn babies will have a chance at life.”
According to the new report, the number of abortions performed on unmarried women dropped to 77% from 88.7% in 2013 while the number of abortions on black babies climbed to 26 percent of all abortions and abortions on Hispanic babies rose 2 percent to 11 percent of all abortions.
Some 19 percent of all abortions involved the dangerous RU 486 abortion pill that has killed dozens of women worldwide and injured thousands more.