TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The number of abortions performed in Kansas increased by 9.1% last year.
This percentage is largely due to more women from Oklahoma and Texas traveling north to terminate pregnancies than in 2019.
Advocates on both sides said Tuesday that much of the increase likely occurred because Republican governors in Oklahoma and Texas sought to ban most abortions last spring.
Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly refused to do so. The state reported that 7,542 abortions were performed in Kansas in 2020, up 626 from 2019.
The number for patients from Oklahoma and Texas jumped to 566 in 2020 from 110 in 2019.