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Number of abortions down in Wisconsin

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The numbers of abortions in Wisconsin have dropped for the third straight year, and eight-of-the-last-nine. The Health Services agency said yesterday that 6,927 abortions were performed in the Badger State last year. That’s 4.4-percent fewer than the 7,249 abortions statewide in 2011.

Wisconsin had 6.1-abortions last year for every one-thousand females age 15-to-44. That’s well below the national rate of 15.1- per thousand in 2009, the most recent year in which figures were available.

Republicans continue to make abortion a hot-button issue in state legislatures throughout the country.

In Wisconsin, two abortion providers filed suit to strike down a new law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where they normally practice. A federal court trial is scheduled for late November. Supporters say the hospital admitting privileges are needed in case of complications. Opponents say the mandate is unconstitutional, and would put an end to all abortions north of Milwaukee and Madison.