Kansas health officials say that abortions in the state
declined 5.4 percent last year, dropping the number to its lowest point in 25
And advocates on both sides of the abortion debate on Friday attributed the
decline to ongoing efforts by abortion opponents to impose new restrictions on
But Executive Director Mary Kay Culp of Kansans for Life said another reason is
that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing information about fetal development on its website.
KDHE reported that doctors reported performing 7,457 abortions last year, down 428 from 2011, when 7,885 were performed.
National Organization for Women lobbyist Elise Higgins said multiple
anti-abortion laws enacted since Republican Gov. Sam Brownback took office in
January 2011 are restricting women’s access to health care.