Saturday, January 02, 2010

Abortions at 10-year high in Illinois

The new abortion mega-mill in Aurora, Illinois explains the dead-baby windfall for Planned Parenthood.

-- From "Abortions at 10-year high in Illinois" by Dave McKinney, Staff Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times 1/2/10

The number of abortions performed in Illinois reached a 10-year high in 2008, newly compiled state records show.

The uptick could be due to the state's flagging economy and to the first full year of operation of a new clinic offering abortion services in Aurora, abortion-rights advocates and opponents alike say.

In 2008, the most recent year for which data are available, figures from the Illinois Public Health Department show that 47,717 abortions were performed statewide.

That represents a 5 percent increase from 2007. And it's the most abortions in Illinois in a year since 1998, when 49,403 women were reported to have had abortions.

On a percentage basis, the age group with the largest increase in abortions from 2007 to 2008 was those 14 and under. In 2008, 299 girls in that group obtained abortions, up 16 percent from 2007, state records show.

The group with the next-largest percentage increase was women 20 to 24 years old. Abortions for that group reached 13,130 in 2008, up 11 percent from the year before.

Planned Parenthood declined to provide data on abortions provided in 2008 at its clinics in Chicago, Aurora and Champaign.

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