JEFFERSON CITY – Abortions in Missouri decreased by seven percent in 2014, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ annual vital statistics report.
That year, 8,129 Missouri resident pregnancies were aborted compared with 8,740 in 2013. The 2014 number represents a 32 percent decrease from 2004, and a decrease of 62 percent since Missouri’s highest resident abortions in 1980 of 21,671.
“While one aborted child is one too many, these encouraging numbers reflect how hard people are working to save the lives of the unborn,” said Don Hinkle, Pathway editor and public policy advisor for the Missouri Baptist Convention. “May our consciences be seared until this terrible scourge on our nation is no more.”
Hundreds of activists were expected to lobby lawmakers at the state capitol, Feb. 9, for more regulation of abortion facilities and defunding of Planned Parenthood from receiving federal tax dollars.