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Number of abortions drop in Arizona from 2011 to 2012

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The number of abortions performed in Arizona dipped from 2011 to 2012, but it was still one of the highest years for terminated pregnancies in the last decade.

In raw numbers, there were 13,340 abortions in Arizona, a 7.4 percent decrease from 2011, making it the third highest year since 2002. Arizona saw a 26-percent spike in abortions from 2010 to 2011, but 2010 was also the year the Legislature passed a law changing the reporting requirements.

The 2012 report noted that 94 percent of the abortions performed on Arizona women were done in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. Less than 1 percent, 124 in all, were performed at 21 weeks of pregnancy, a percentage that didn’t change from the previous year. The Legislature in 2012 passed a law banning abortion after 20 weeks pregnancy, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was unconstitutional. The state has until Aug. 19 to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Arizona Department of Health Services report issued Thursday is only the second one compiled under stricter reporting requirements and electronically, so it will take a few years to put together a clearer picture of abortion trends in Arizona.

http://azdhs.gov/diro/reports/pdf/2012-arizona-abortion-report.pdf

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