The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the number of abortions in Kansas dropped last year.
The department's report reveals there were 7,851 abortions reported in 2011, which is 522 fewer than what was reported in 2010.
Out-of-state residents slightly outnumbered in-state residents, 3,939 reports to 3,912.
Of the 3,939 out-of-state residents who obtained abortions in Kansas, 3,857 (97.9%) were residents of Missouri.
Women 20-24 years of age comprised the largest age-group seeking abortions (33.4%).
The largest decline in the number of procedures also occurred to women 20-24 years of age, which decreased by 189 procedures (6.7%) from 2010.
State law requires that physicians, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers report abortions to KDHE.
The Women’s Right-to-Know Act requires physicians who perform abortions to provide certain information, to meet individually with women seeking an abortion and to report to KDHE the number of informed-consent certifications received by women.
There were 8,033 informed-consent certifications reported by physicians in 2011.
This report is a preliminary analysis of these data as collected by the KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics.
The preliminary report can be viewed online at www.kdheks.gov/hci/absumm.html.