Louisiana Abortions Decline 8 Percent to 10 Year Low as More Babies Saved From Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 14, 2019   |   2:13PM   |   Baton Rouge, Louisiana

More babies are being saved by abortion in Louisiana.

The number of abortions done on unborn babies in Louisiana dropped 8 percent from 2017 to 2018, and the abortion rate is at a 10-year low, according to numbers provided by the Louisiana Department of Health. Unofficially, 8,048 abortions were performed in Louisiana in 2018. In 2017, 8,706 unborn babies were killed by abortion.

This is the fourth consecutive year abortion numbers have fallen in Louisiana, according to Louisiana Right to Life.

While the total number of abortions has been made available, breakdowns on things such as gestational age of the baby, age of the mother, and race of the mother have not yet been released, Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, told LifeNews.

“Every baby lost to abortion is a tragedy, but we can celebrate the 658 babies alive today who might have been aborted in 2017,” Clapper noted.

He continued: “We believe our nation is waking up more every day to the injustice of abortion, and these numbers show the continued statewide and national trend toward life. We celebrate all those in the pro-life movement who offer support to pregnant moms before and after birth and those who help them choose life. We will continue to work until every baby is protected by law and welcomed with love.”

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Abortions may decline further now that the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners has suspended the medical license of a physician who performs abortions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

On Feb. 26, the LSBME issued a “Notice for Summary Suspension of Medical License” formally suspending the license of Dr. Kevin Govan Work, according to the Baptist Message. Work was an abortionist at Delta Women’s Medical Clinic in Baton Rouge and Women’s Healthcare Center in New Orleans.

The suspension comes after state Attorney General Jeff Landry and Louisiana Right to Life called on the board to investigate Work’s history of malpractice at the two for-profit abortion clinics.

The Louisiana Right to Life letter, sent on Feb. 19, detailed several complaints against Work, including:

• Allowing for his electronic signature to be used for treatment of patients he did not see;

• Allowing other medical personnel to treat patients without his supervision;

• Allowing unlicensed personnel to evaluate his patients and provide prenatal care;

• Failing to document controlled substances prescriptions;

• Providing false sworn information to the board concerning his surgical operations at Midtown Medical.