The number of abortions in Louisiana dropped 9% from 2019 to 2020, according to preliminary figures provided to Louisiana Right to Life recently by the Louisiana Department of Health. This puts the abortion rate in Louisiana at a 12-year low.
There were 7,448 abortions performed in Louisiana in 2020. In 2019, 8,144 unborn babies were killed by abortion.
Abortion numbers are 27 percent lower than they were in 2014, when 10,211 abortions were done in Louisiana. The number of abortions performed in the state had increased steadily from 2008-2014 before the decline began.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following on the publishing of the statistics: “Today we celebrate that in fewer babies were lost from abortion in 2020 than were lost in 2019. The children saved from abortion have the chance to experience a special gift we all take for granted, their own birthday. Every child deserves a chance of life. Together with the pro-life movement across Louisiana, we will continue to help mothers, save babies, and work toward an end to abortion in our great state.”
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Some quick facts about the 2020 statistics in Louisiana:
- There were 7,448 abortions performed in 2020. That means there were, on average, 20 abortions per day.
- 21 girls under the age of 15 had abortions in 2020. Another 633 girls between the ages of 15-19 has abortions.
- The largest number of abortions – 2,247 – were performed on women between the ages of 25-29. Women ages 20-24 were right behind at 2,094. There were also 1,009 women ages 35 and older who had abortions in 2020.
- African-American women accounted for 65% of abortions performed in 2020.
- 89% of women who had abortions in 2020 were unmarried.
- 64% of babies were aborted within eight weeks of pregnancy.