Abortions In Nebraska At 20-Year Low

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Total Abortions By Year
2008: 2,813
2009: 2,551
2010: 2,464
2011: 2,372
2012: 2,229
Number of Abortions Per 1,000 Live Births:
2008: 103.9
2009: 93.8
2010: 93.9
2011: 90.9
2012: 87.5

SOURCE: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Abortions in Nebraska have fallen to at least a 20-year low following passage of state laws that restrict the practice, but a number of factors could be behind the trend.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the number dropped to 2,299 last year, a decline of more than 3 percent. The numbers have dropped consistently since 1992, when more than 5,600 abortions were reported.

Nebraska Right to Life executive director Julie Schmit-Albin says part of the decline is likely due to a 2010 Nebraska law that bans abortions starting at 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

University of Nebraska assistant law professor Beth Burkstrand-Reid says the decline could also be due to other factors, including the more effective use of birth control.

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