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Abortion Statistics for Michigan
A total of 22,357 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2009, which was an 13.9 percent decrease from the total of 25,970 reported in 2008. Since 1987 there has been a 54.4 percent decrease in the number of Michigan abortions (the year with the largest number of induced abortions).
Michigan residents received 97.5 percent of the induced abortions that occurred in Michigan in 2009. This proportion is similar to that which was observed in previous years.
In 2009, 52.0 percent of the resident women receiving abortions had no previous induced abortions. In general, from 1985 through 2009, a gradual increase has been observed with the proportion of women reporting two or more induced abortions, going from 14.6 percent in 1985 to 22.6 percent in 2009. The proportion of women who had no previous induced abortion has been generally declining, falling from 59.5 percent in 1985 to 51.5 percent in 2009.
The majority of Michigan residents receiving induced abortions (52.2 percent) were under 25 years of age, while 18.8 percent were less than 20 years old. These are much smaller proportions than the 64.6 and 30.6 percent observed, respectively, in 1985.
In 2009 , 89.4 percent of the Michigan women who obtained an induced abortion were not married, a 8.5% increase from the 82.4 percent reported in 1985.
For further statistics on abortion in Michigan, click HERE!
Abortion advocates often use a coat hanger to symbolize the "age of back-alley abortions" where women were forced to seek abortions from "unqualified butchers." The number of women who died from illegal "back-alley" abortions was often said to be in the thousands. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics, there were only 39 women who died from illegal abortions in 1972.
To describe illegal abortion providers as unqualified is hardly accurate. Former medical director of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Mary Calderone, described in a 1960 American Journal of Health article that a study in 1958 showed that 84% to 87% of all illegal abortions were performed by licensed physicians in good standing. Dr. Calderone concluded that "90% of all illegal abortions are presently done by physicians." So it seems that the "back-alley butchers" of January 21, 1973, became "caring doctors who believe in a woman's right to choose" on January 22, 1973.
In 1978, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology stated the legalization of abortion "has had no major impact on the number of women dying from abortion" since the results of a study they completed showed that over 90% of all illegal abortions were performed by licensed physicians.
Abortion advocates will also claim that a million American women each year were undergoing illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that these statements are highly misleading. The CDC reports that after abortion was legalized in January of 1973, there were 615,831 legal abortions. In 1976 when there were 988,267 abortions. There weren't over a million legal abortions a year in the United States until the end of 1977, five years after abortion was made legal in all states.
Abortion was legal in a handful of states (New York, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, New Jersey, Vermont, and California) before Roe v. Wade and the CDC reports that there were 586,760 legal abortions in 1972.
Consequences of Abortion
Advocates of abortion claimed that if abortion became legal, child abuse would become less frequent. The National Incidence Study from the National Clearing House estimates that 1,553,800 children in the United States were abused or neglected under the Harm Standard in 1993. This same study estimated that in 1980 there were 625,100 abused or neglected children. This is an increase of more than 148%.
Numerous published scientific studies have found that women who abort a child, especially their first child, have a greater risk of getting breast cancer.
One study found that at least 19 percent of women who abort suffer from diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder (Barnhard, C., The Long-Term Psychological Effects of Abortion, 1990).
In a 1996 study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found that women who had an abortion were 3 times more likely than the general population and 6 times more likely than women who gave birth, to commit suicide in the following year.
Educational Materials Available for YOUR use!
1. Our office currently has these DVDs available for checkout: 3 educational DVDs on fetal develpment in the womb and NEW ON DVD October Baby - "When Hannah collapses during a college play, she's rushed to the hospital, where medical tests reveal the underlying cause---trauma suffered at birth. Soon afterward, she discovers another shocking fact: she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt. Bewildered and angry, Hannah goes in search of her birth mother. Will the truth set her free? Rated PG-13. Dove approved (12+). Approx. 105 minutes."
(You do not have to be a KRTL Member to sign these DVDs out and may borrow them for up to two weeks at a time.)
2. We also have a flat screen monitor and DVD player that you may also sign out to borrow if you would like to show some of our educational DVDs at your church, an information booth, fair or other event. Please Note: You must be a current KRTL Member to borrow these.
3. There is a small library of books that KRTL has collected over the past 40 years on the subject of abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, the sanctity of life, etc. Please feel free to come and browse our selection! You do not have to be a KRTL Member to borrow a book! Sign them out for up to 1 month at a time. We also now have the NEW book, unPLANNED, by Abby Johnson, The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line.
4. We provide a large selection of educational materials such as brochures, pamphlets and other informational materials you may take to read for yourself and/or share with others.
5. We have 2 collections of actual size fetal development models which you can sign out to use as an educational display for up to 2 weeks at a time. Please Note: You must be a current KRTL Member to borrow these.
EDUCATIONAL SHORT VIDEOS
ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL LINKS:
Students For Life WMU : http://www.rso.wmich.edu/sfl/index.htm
Right to Life of Michigan : http://www.rtl.org/