Number of Iowa abortions climb after plummeting for decades

Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 12:41 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of women having abortions in Iowa climbed last year, a turnaround that critics blame on the state’s controversial decision to withdraw from a federally funded family planning program.

After decades of plummeting abortion numbers, the state last year recorded 3,566 abortions. That is 8% more than the previous year.

The Des Moines Register reports last year’s increase came after the number of Iowa abortions dropped 56% from 2008 to 2018.

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