Arizona abortion numbers on the decline

PHOENIX (AP) – The number of abortions in Arizona is dropping much more slowly than the national average despite a host of new state laws designed to make it more difficult for women to access abortion services.

Preliminary statistics from the state Health Services Department for 2014 show Arizona saw a 5 percent decline in abortions since 2011.

Abortion rights advocates say the small drop compared with many other states shows that women are not dissuaded from having an abortion once they have made up their mind. Abortion foes point to the drop in abortions as a success.

The Associated Press surveyed all 45 states where abortion reporting is required. The national decrease in abortions was about 12 percent since 2010. Arizona dropped from 13,606 abortions in 2011 to 12,900 last year – down 5 percent.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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