The cost, which has been slowly increasing over the years, can cover the abortion, birth control pills, anesthetic and antibiotics. Not included in these figures is the possible cost of follow-up treatments for unexpected problems caused by the procedure, post-abortion counseling or other related problems.
Whatever the cost, the rate of abortion in Illinois in 2005 dropped 19% since the year 2000, and mostly likely Berwyn as well. The Illinois figures are from the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood. These figures mean that in 2005, about 180 women in Berwyn obtained abortions.
In all of Illinois, nearly 51,000 women obtained abortions in 2005, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The abortion rate in Illinois was 18.9 per thousand women in 2005, down from 23.2 per thousand in 2000.
When states’ anti-abortion laws were struck down in 1973 by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, the number of abortion procedures nationally at first rose steadily, reached a peak in 1990, but then have been dropping ever since, according to Guttmacher.
The decrease may be due to women obtaining better information about the dangers of abortion, and decisions on the part of a growing number of women to choose lifestyles that make abortion unnecessary.
Women in Berwyn, Midway, Summit, Cicero, Stickney, North Riverside, or surrounding communities in Illinois can learn more about abortion by calling WomanCare Services in Berwyn at 708-795-6000. Or go to http://www.womancare.org/
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