Report: Abortions up in Louisiana, but down most other places
Posted on 6/9/2015 4:43:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
According to a new report, abortions in Louisiana have jumped in number since 2010, while nearly everywhere else they've gone down. But Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says numbers of out of state women coming here to have an abortion are dramatically increasing.

"So something, and we assume it's the decrease in the number of abortion facilities in other states, is bringing people to Louisiana to have abortions," said Clapper.

Louisiana was recently honored by Americans United for Life as the top state taking steps to reduce access to abortion, but the study indicates the number of women ending pregnancies here is up 12 percent between 2010 and 2014.

Clapper says Texas laws have closed one third of their abortion facilities and there is only one clinic in Mississippi.

"And the five abortion facilities in Louisiana sell only abortions," said Clapper. "They have no problem marketing themselves to other states in order to drive up abortion income."

Clapper says abortions for non-residents jumped by more than 1200 between 2010 and 2012. 

He says even though lawmakers have tried to make it harder to end a pregnancy in Louisiana, the five clinics here only care about collecting the $450.

"In truth, it's hard to have a decrease in abortions when people who sell and market them make money off the procedure," said Clapper.

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