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Abortions Decrease 3.7% in Arizona

Posted in Life on: October 11th, 2015
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Recently, the Arizona Department of Health Services released its annual abortion report showing that 501 fewer abortions were performed in Arizona in 2014 as compared to 2013, a decrease of 3.7%! Since the new abortion reporting requirements took effect in late 2010, Arizona has seen a drop in the abortion rate by 10.4% or 1,500 fewer abortions in 2014 compared to 2011.

Why the Numbers Have Decreased 

  • In 2008, Arizonans holding pro-life views registered to vote in record numbers. Those values voters then voted into office pro-life legislators and in 2009 pro-life Secretary of State Jan Brewer became Governor. Between 2009 and 2014, Gov. Brewer signed into law 24 life-saving measures directly leading to the reduction in the abortion rate. When concerned citizens vote their life values, those votes lead to saved lives – both of preborn children and their mothers.
  • Our state, along with the rest of the country, increasingly is pro-life. Everyone knows a woman who was hurt by an abortion. Most have seen an ultrasound picture of a preborn child as early as 8-10 weeks. Ultrasound pictures clearly show the preborn child is just that – a preborn baby. One can no longer deny the truth about the humanity of the preborn child or that abortion hurts women.

What the Numbers Tell Us:

  • Elective, Not Therapeutic. Almost 99% of the abortions in 2014 were elective, meaning they were not performed because the life or health of the woman was endangered.
  • Abortion Hurts Women. 137 women experienced complications resulting from an abortion in 2014, an increase of 35 from the 2013 report.
  • Age matters. Women in their 20’s accounted for 59% of all abortions performed, with almost 33% of the abortions being performed on women ages 20-24.
  • Surgical Abortion is the Preferred Method. Surgical abortions accounted for 72% and medication abortions 28% of all abortions. About 29% of the surgical abortions were done by the D&E method which requires the abortionist to tear apart the baby limb by limb.
  • Late Term Abortions. 132 abortions were performed on babies after 20 weeks, near the point of viability meaning the preborn might survive outside the womb. Women having abortions after 20 weeks had a higher complication rate than women having abortions before 20 weeks.
  • Repeat Abortions. Thirty-six percent of women report having had one or more prior abortions.
  • March is a Key Month. In every year since 2011, the highest number of abortions occur in the month of March.
  • Parental Consent. Of the 61 petitions filed for a minor to have an abortion without parental consent, 45 were granted.

How Do We Respond to the Numbers – What’s Next:

Our CAP Policy Team will continue to analyze these numbers to see what they tell us about how to best protect preborn children and their mothers from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.

At a minimum, we know that pro-life efforts should focus as follows:

  • Focus first on women in their 20’s as the age group most likely to choose an abortion.
  • Increase efforts to reach abortion-minded women in the month of March when the highest number of abortions are performed.
  • Highlight the harms to women having abortions post 20 weeks.
  • Emphasize over and over again that women are having abortions for elective reasons, not for life or health reasons. Yet abortion not only takes the life of their preborn child but hurts women in multiple ways.
  • Increase support for pregnancy resource centers to meet the needs of abortion-minded women, especially those having repeat abortions.
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Pro-life Progress

Posted in Life on: April 1st, 2014
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Great news.

Starting today and thanks to a Federal District Court seeing through a last ditch effort by Planned Parenthood to stop it, several common sense health and safety standards are now in effect that further protect women and preborn children from the dangerous and deadly practices of the abortion industry.

Cathi memeCAP President Cathi Herrod put it best: “When Planned Parenthood loses, women win.”

Sponsored by Senator Kimberly Yee and signed into law in 2012 as part of the Mother’s Health and Safety Act, these standards require that:

  • The abortion pill must be dispensed in line with Federal Food and Drug Administration protocol, which requires the pill only be dispensed in the first seven weeks of a pregnancy. Currently, abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood ignore this protocol and distribute the abortion pill through nine weeks.
  • Doctors who perform surgical abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
  • Any time an ambulance is needed at an abortion clinic, the incident must be reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • Signs must be posted in abortion clinics informing women that it is illegal for anyone to coerce them into having an abortion.


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Why would anyone oppose these standards?

Posted in Life on: January 29th, 2014
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CAP President Cathi Herrod put it best this week when she went on NBC 12 with Mark Curtis to debate the new abortion clinic regulations that DHS released this week:

“This is not a pro-life or pro-choice issue. These are common sense regulations.”

The purpose of these provisions, which were a part of the 2012 Mother’s Health and Safety Act, sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Yee is simple: they are a step toward protecting women’s health and safety in Arizona. Regardless of where you stand on abortion, why would you oppose only dispensing the dangerous and deadly abortion pill in line with FDA protocol? Or why shouldn’t doctors who perform surgical abortions – which come with countless risks – have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals?


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The Hypocrisy of Abortion

Posted in Life on: September 16th, 2013
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-This post was written by CAP Communications Coordinator Tyler Hudgins

54,000,000 plus and counting. On its face – it just seems like a really big number.

However, this number represents something much more than just eight meaningless digits. Each one represents a precious and innocent life brought to an unnatural end. It’s unsettling that our society has normalized one of the greatest human tragedies the world has ever seen.

And, this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface in calculating the number of women and families harmed by abortion.


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Medicaid Expansion and Abortion Fact Sheet

Posted in Life on: May 24th, 2013
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In the current debate over whether Arizona should expand Medicaid services pursuant to the federal Affordable Care Act, questions have arisen regarding the funding of abortion providers. To clarify the misinformation surrounding this issue, Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) has provided the following analysis of the concerns raised along with our recommendation on how the Legislature might address the issue.  (more…)

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