Kansas Abortions Down 8% in 2005

Abortions numbers have steadily declined since Operation Rescue relocated there.

Topeka, KS — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released figures earlier this month showing that abortions in Kansas dropped 8% in 2005. This translates into 904 fewer abortions last year than in 2004.

Statistics also show that since Operation Rescue relocated its ministry to Kansas in 2002, there has been a 16% decline in the number of abortions. For almost two decades prior to that time, abortions had been steadily increasing in Kansas.

“We have noticed that abortions were down at Women’s Health Care Services, George Tiller’s late-term abortion mill in Wichita,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We believe many of our ministry projects are at least partially responsible for the abortion decrease.”

Women come from all over the world for late-term abortions at WHCS in Wichita. KDHE statistics indicate that the greatest decline in abortions has been among women coming from outside Kansas.

“Our focus has been on George Tiller since we arrived in 2002, and that work is paying off in saved lives,” said Newman. “We have reversed the trend of increasing abortion numbers in this state, and that has been no small task, given Tiller’s entrenchment here. God has abundantly blessed our efforts.”

In 2005, the year of the greatest decrease, Operation Rescue exposed several botched abortions, including one abortion death, at Women’s Health Care Services, leading to legislation that would have strongly regulated the Kansas abortion industry. This legislation was vetoed by pro-abortion Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Tiller.

Public pressure generated by Operation Rescue and other groups that year exposed and closed one filthy, rat-infested abortion mill in Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition, Operation Rescue continued to investigate and release information about the tragic third-trimester abortion death of Christin Gilbert, leading to a petition drive that will convene a Grand Jury to investigate Tiller as soon as the signatures are verified.

“A 16% overall drop in abortions since we have been in Kansas is significant and encouraging,” said Newman. “These numbers give strong evidence that our tactics, while often controversial, are very effective.”


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