The number of abortions that took place in 2015 fell 10-percent from the previous year. That’s based on numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health. Louisiana Right to Life spokesperson Ben Clapper says there were 9,300 abortions last year, a decrease of about a thousand from the previous year. He credits pregnancy resource centers for the decline.
“I think that experience and that work of those facilities helps to bring down the abortion rate in Louisiana.”
Clapper says Caddo Parish had the highest number of abortions in a single parish with 3,400. He says based on 2015 data, about 26 abortions are performed every day in Louisiana.
“This is a sign that we have not met the needs of women in our state and we need to do everything we can as a state holistically to ensure that we’re offering support to women who are considering abortion.”
Clapper says the number of abortions could drop even further in 2016, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this month that abortion doctors need to have admitting privileges at a hospital.
“Which will have major ramifications on what happens with Louisiana’s law, it might not be an instantaneous determination but it’s going to make large waves.”