In 2010, we sadly recognize the ten year anniversary of approval of the two-drug chemical abortion procedure by the FDA. The dangerous RU 486 drug was approved in 2000 despite huge opposition. As an aside, then Congressman Tom Barrett voted in favor of FDA approval of chemical abortions.
That fatal decision has come home to roost in Wisconsin. In 2009, Wisconsin abortions increased for the first time since 2003. Chemical RU 486 abortions increased from 19% of all abortions in 2008 to 27% of all abortions in 2009. African-American abortions also increased, an ethnic group that has abortions vastly disproportionate to its population numbers. It appears that the economy has claimed even more victims.
Overall, abortions increased from 8,229 in 2008 to 8,542 in 2009. Still a low number compared to neighboring states, but not acceptable.
Read the full report at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/pdf/itop2009.pdf