Fewer Women From Neighboring States Travelling to Arkansas for Abortion

June 13, 2017 | Posted in Abortion | By

One problem we have highlighted in the past is the number of abortions Arkansas “exports” to women in other states.

Each year hundreds of women travel to Arkansas for abortions. Many of these women come from neighboring states like Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Missouri.

A recent report from the Arkansas Department of Health shows that may be changing: The number of women coming to Arkansas for abortions has dropped significantly in the past two years.

In 2014, 925 women from out-of-state had abortions in Arkansas; in 2016 that number fell to 534.

The report also shows the number of abortions being performed on Arkansans has fallen to record lows. There were over 2,000 fewer abortions performed on women from Arkansas last year than there were 15 years before.

While it’s often difficult to say for sure what is behind these changes, one reason for the decline could be new pro-life laws passed in recent years–such as the improved informed-consent law the Arkansas Legislature passed in 2015.

The bottom line is this: Fewer unborn children are being killed and fewer women are being harmed by abortion. That’s a very good thing.

Below is a breakdown of the abortion numbers from 2000-2016.

Year Arkansas Residents Out-of-State Residents
2000 4,548 953
2001 4,981 943
2002 4,511 805
2003 4,582 826
2004 3,835 808
2005 4,062 633
2006 4,292 696
2007 4,132 712
2008 4,054 735
2009 3,960 620
2010 3,937 595
2011 3,523 510
2012 3,361 421
2013 3,205 527
2014 3,148 925
2015 3,070 701
2016 2,673 534