Newly released data on abortions in Tennessee reveal a steady decline in the number of abortions performed over the past decade and a steady increase in the percentage of out-of-state women heading to Tennessee for the procedure. There were 16,373 total abortions performed in Tennessee in 2010, down 6 percent from a decade ago, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numbers were even lower two years later in 2012. In 2012, there were 15,859 total abortions performed on women in the state of Tennessee. That number covers both in-state and out-of-state residents.
When you break the numbers down, over the same time period, the percentage of women coming from outside of Tennessee for abortions increased by more than 30 percent. One in four abortions in 2010 was sought by an out-of-state woman, This was said to be a direct result of bordering states passing abortion restrictions and a steep decline in abortion clinics in those states.
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