The State of Nebraska requires by
law that those who perform abortions report certain data to the Department
of Health and Human Services (DHHS) within 15 days from the end of the month
in which the abortions are performed. Every spring, DHHS compiles this data
and issues a statewide report of abortions.
The 2011 Nebraska Statistical
Report on Abortions reveals that 2,372 abortions were reportedly performed
in Nebraska last year. When we contemplate that each abortion represents the
killing of a human being and the wounding of his/her mother, father, family
and society, this death toll is staggering.
If there is a bright spot in this
number of abortions, it is that it is the lowest annual number of abortions
on record in Nebraska. In 1974, the first full year after Roe v Wade
legalized abortion, there were 3,094 abortions reported in Nebraska. That
number steadily increased to its high point of 6,346 in 1990. Since 1990,
the number has steadily declined.
Here are the most relevant
statistics from the report:
By far, the most abortions occurred in the 20-29 age group. Fifty-eight
percent of all abortions were done on women in this age group. Women aged 19
and younger comprised 15.5 percent of the abortions; women 30 years and
older comprised 26.5 percent of the abortions.
A particularly sad statistic is
that 10 girls under the age of 15 had abortions. One of the girls was 13
years old and nine of the girls were 14 years old. Another 358 teens (aged
15 to 19) had abortions.
Reasons for the abortions.
As is typically the case, only a tiny fraction of the abortions (0.4%) were
done for the so-called "hard cases" of rape, incest and to prevent the death
of the mother. Even if you add in those abortions done for the broader
reason of a woman’s "health" (0.9%), the "hard cases" still only comprise
about 1.5 percent of all abortions done in 2011.
Another revealing statistic is that
about half (51.9 %) indicated that "no contraception was used." This means,
presumably, that the other half was using contraception when they got
pregnant. These percentages comport with national figures.
This statistic raises serious
doubts about the claim that contraception will reduce abortions. In fact,
even the Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research affiliate of Planned
Parenthood) acknowledges that women who use contraception are more likely to
have abortions. Guttmacher explains this phenomenon this way: "because women
who are using contraception are motivated to prevent an unplanned birth,
they are more likely than women who were not using contraceptives to seek an
abortion should they accidentally become pregnant."
Method of abortion.
The most notable statistic in this category is that the number of chemical
abortions (using RU-486) continues its dramatic climb. The 2011 number of
893 chemical abortions is nearly four times the number in 2009, which was
Another very sad statistic is that nearly one third (31.5%) of the women
obtaining abortions last year in Nebraska had one or more previous
abortions. The breakdown of this statistic is incomprehensible: one previous
abortion: 503; two previous abortions: 185; three previous abortions: 41;
four previous abortions: 9; more than four previous abortions: 10.
The complete report of abortions can be seen online at
www.dhhs.ne.gov (click on "Statistics and Reports"). A chart compiling
the key data from these annual reports since 1974 can be seen on my website
at www.nebcathcon.org (under "Pro Life," "Printed Resources").
You can contact Greg at The
Nebraska Catholic Conference, 215 Centennial Mall South Suite 310, Lincoln,
NE 68508; firstname.lastname@example.org