CHICAGO – Abortions in Illinois increased about 7% from 2017 to 2018.
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently released figures show 42,441 pregnancies were terminated statewide in 2018, up from 39,329 in 2017.
Many abortion opponents link the increase to a state law that went into effect in 2018 expanding taxpayer-subsidized abortions using state health insurance and Medicaid coverage.
However, many abortion-rights supporters say it’s impossible to attribute the increase to any one cause.
The Illinois figures also showed a slight increase in the number of women who came from other states for the procedure, with 5,668 out-of-state patients in 2018 compared with 5,528 in 2017. Advocates on both sides of the abortion debate largely attributed this travel to more restrictive laws in nearby states.