Wisconsin facilities did fewer abortions in 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin medical facilities performed nearly 7 percent fewer abortions last year, continuing a five-year decline, according to a state report released Wednesday.

The Department of Health Services’ annual report on induced abortions, defined in state law as a physician ending a woman’s pregnancy, found that number of abortions that occurred in the state fell from 6,927 in 2012 to 6,462 last year. That figure has declined in each year since 2009, when 8,542 abortions were performed.

According to the report, 6,251 abortion were performed in the state on Wisconsin residents; 115 on Michigan residents; 70 on Illinois residents, six on Minnesota residents, one on an Iowa resident; 18 on residents from other states; and one on a resident of another country.

Of the Wisconsin residents, 215 were minors. The report said 186 minors had written consent from an adult, including 167 who had parental consent; 12 were emancipated minors; and 17 had court permission to waive consent. No minors underwent an abortion to end a pregnancy resulting from sexual assault or intercourse with a caregiver or from an emergency situation.

Other findings included:

-79 percent of Wisconsin residents’ abortions were obtained by women who had never been married.

-48 percent of abortions among Wisconsin residents were obtained within the first eight weeks of pregnancy.

-Of the 6,251 abortions performed on Wisconsin residents last year, 81 percent were surgical, 18 percent were chemically induced and 1 percent were performed surgically after a failed or incomplete chemical procedure. In 2012, 86 percent of abortions performed on Wisconsin residents were surgical, 14 percent were chemical and 0.4 percent were performed following a failed or incomplete chemical abortion.

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