Number of abortions performed in Wisconsin drops for sixth straight year

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MADISON — The number of abortions performed in Wisconsin has dropped for the sixth straight year.

That’s according to the latest annual report on induced abortions released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Monday.

The report shows that there were 5,660 abortions in the state last year compared with 5,800 abortions in 2014. That’s a drop of 140 abortions, a 2.4 percent decline.

Abortions have been steadily declining in the state since 2009.

Of the 5,660 abortions last year, 214 were performed on minors. Seventy nine percent were surgical, while 21 percent were chemically induced.

The report is being issued a week after Planned Parenthood said it was permanently closing its abortion clinic in Appleton. That leaves only Madison and Milwaukee as cities with Planned Parenthood clinics that offer abortions.