This week, a report by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the number of abortions in Michigan has decreased!
The report says that a total of 27,151 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2015, which was a 1.7 percent decrease from the total of 27,629 reported in 2014 and a 44.7 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of induced abortions).
Praise God! Thank you for your prayers, not only for pregnant mothers to choose life, but for a transformation of our culture, from a culture of death to a culture of life! Together, with God’s help we have worked to offer pregnant moms a choice for life, and to heal the wounds of abortion.
The other BIG announcement is about a group of committed donors who together have issued a …
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These donors (who themselves have participated in praying for an end to abortion) want to encourage YOU and others to join them in taking this work to the next level during the rest of this crucial year of 2016 and beyond!
Your tax-deductible one-time gift – or the annualized amount of your monthly pledge – to the New Life Center will be instantly doubled up to $20,000!
This challenge will only double gifts or monthly pledges made by midnight Thursday, May 26.
As you know, we rarely ask for support by email – and only ask when we really need help … so we certainly don’t want to leave any of this generosity sitting on the table.
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God bless you,
Director, Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing
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More on the report from the Michigan Department of Community Health
A total of 27,151 induced abortions were reported in Michigan in 2015, which was a 1.7 percent decrease from the total of 27,629 reported in 2014 and a 44.7 percent decrease since 1987 (the year with the largest number of induced abortions). (See Table A.)
Figure 1: Rates of Abortions for Michigan Occurrences, Per 1,000 Women
Michigan residents received 95.7 percent of the induced abortions that occurred in Michigan in 2015. This proportion is similar to that which was observed in previous years.
In 2015, about 50% of the resident women receiving abortions had no previous induced abortions. In general, from 1985 through 2015, a gradual increase has been observed with the proportion of women reporting two or more induced abortions, going from 14.6 percent in 1985 to 24.8 percent in 2015. The proportion of women who had no previous induced abortion has generally declined, falling from 59.5 percent in 1985 to 49.9 percent in 2015.
In 2015, 89.3 percent of the Michigan women who obtained an induced abortion were not married, a 6.9 percent increase from the 82.4 percent reported in 1985. (See Table E.)
About 64 percent of the resident women obtaining induced abortions in 2015 had a previous term pregnancy. Of the women who had a previous term pregnancy, over 57 percent in 2015 had at least two or more term pregnancies. (See Table 8.)
The majority of Michigan residents receiving induced abortions (43.1 percent) were under 25 years of age, while 9.9 percent were less than 20 years old. These are much smaller proportions than the 64.6 and 30.6 percent observed, respectively, in 1985. (See Table B-2.)
Figure 2: Age-specific Abortion Rates, Per 1,000 Women
Other than self-referral, which was reported for 86.2 percent of all induced abortions in 2015, the most frequent source of referral for induced abortion services was a family member or a friend (9.0 percent) and a physician (2.2 percent). (See Table 7.)
Among all induced abortions reported in 2015 in Michigan (including both residents and non‑residents), most involved pregnancies of 12 weeks or less (85.9 percent) and suction was the most frequent procedure at 64.3 percent. (See Table 17.)
Abortions performed in physicians’ private offices represented 19.9 percent of all reported induced abortions in 2015, those performed in freestanding outpatient surgical facilities comprised 79.6 percent, with the remainder occurring in hospitals and other facilities. (See Table 18.)
Most abortion reports indicate no immediate complications. In 2015 immediate complications were reported in 11 cases and in 33 cases between 2012-2014. The average three-year rate of 2012-2014 was 4.3 complications per 10,000 induced abortions performed. (See Table 20.)
In 2015, self-pay was indicated as the source of payment for most induced abortions (94.1 percent). (See Table 16.)
In 2015, ultrasound was the most common method reported for confirming the pregnancy (89.8 percent). (See Table 25.)
Information on complications subsequent to an abortion was collected for the first time in 2001. This information is required to be reported on a separate reporting form by any physician who provided care to a woman suffering from a physical complication that was the result of an abortion occurring within seven days of the abortion. 36 reports of subsequent complications were submitted in 2015. (See Table 26.)
Information on the race of the woman obtaining an induced abortion was collected for the first time in 2003. In 2011, Hispanic ancestry was first collected. Of the Michigan residents receiving abortions in 2015, 44.1 percent were white, 49.7 percent were black, 2.2 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander and about 1 percent were American Indian, multracial or of some other race. In 2015, 3.6 of the women obtaining an abortion were of Hispanic ancestry. (See Table 11.)
Figure 3: Number of Abortions by Race or Hispanic Ancestry of Women