Friday, January 20, 2006

Tennessee abortions drop to new low

Tennessee Abortions Drop to Lowest Point Since 1977, Down 7 Percent:
Continuing a trend that is occurring in most other states, the number of abortions in Tennessee has dropped to its lowest level in almost 30 years. Not since 1977 has the number of annual abortions been this low. .... In 2003, 14,933 abortions were reported performed on women residing in Tennessee. In 2004, the number dropped to 13,902, a 6.9% decline or 1,031 fewer abortions.


In 2000, 19,010 women obtained abortions in Tennessee, producing a rate of 15.2 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. The rate increased 4% since 1996, when it was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44. Abortions in Tennessee represent 1.4 of all abortions in the United States.

Part of the decline may have to do with a lowering of the number of abortion businesses in the state. In 2000, there were 16 abortion centers in Tennessee. This represents a 20% decrease from 1996, when there were 20 abortion businesses.

In addition to the unborn babies whose lives were lost in Tennessee to abortion over the years, the following mothers have also lost their lives due to abortion: Linda Lovelace, Beverly Moore, and Catherine Pierce.

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