Fewer abortions being performed in Kansas

A preliminary report released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows the number of women and girls having abortions in Kansas continues to decline.

There were 6,974 abortions in Kansas in 2015, down 4 percent from the year before.

Data shows a fairly steady decline in the number of abortions in Kansas over the past 10 years. There were 11,271 abortions in Kansas in 2006.

Less than 3 percent of all those who had an abortion were under 18 years old, according to the report.

In 2015, in-state residents barely outnumbered out-of-state residents getting abortions, 3,579 to 3,395. Most out-of-state patients (3,060) came from Missouri.

According to the report:

▪ Nearly 60 percent of women who had abortions in Kansas last year were in their 20s

▪ 56.1 percent were white non-Hispanics; 21.2 percent were black non-Hispanics; 13 percent were Hispanics of any race

▪ Nearly 90 percent of the abortions were performed at 12 weeks’ gestation or less

▪ Nearly 65 percent of women had never had an abortion before, while 23 percent said they had one abortion previously, and about 8 percent said they had two previously

▪ About 60 percent had at least one living child

Kelsey Ryan: 316-269-6752, @kelsey_ryan