Kansas saw fewer abortions in 2017 as the state fought hard for initiatives to save babies’ lives.
This week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its preliminary annual abortion report, indicating a 0.4 percent drop in abortions from 2016.
There were 6,782 abortions of unborn babies in the state in 2017, down from 6,810 in 2016. That amounts to 28 fewer lives lost in 2017. Interestingly, nearly half of the abortions were performed on out-of-state residents and their unborn babies.
Thanks to the hard work of pro-life advocates, abortions in Kansas are down almost 50 percent from an all-time high in the late 1990s. According to the report, abortions reached their peak in Kansas in 1999, with 12,445 abortions that year.
The drop reflects a nation-wide trend as pro-lifers worked to pass a historic number of pro-life laws in states across the country. Pregnancy resource centers and sidewalk counselors also have been playing an integral role, offering pregnant and parenting families resources and information to empower them to choose life for their unborn babies.
In 2017, the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute even admitted that pro-life efforts are contributing to the decline.
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The pro-abortion research group, considered to have the most comprehensive abortion numbers for the U.S., reported an estimated 926,200 abortions in 2014 and 958,700 in 2013. Those numbers are the lowest since 1975, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade and opened the doors to abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.