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Abortions in Illinois Increased About 7% in 1 Year

The increase mostly came from Illinois residents who were seeking the procedure. The increase mostly came from Illinois residents who were seeking the procedure.  | 

Created: January 26, 2020 09:18 AM

CHICAGO - New figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show the number of abortions performed in the state increased about 7% from 2017 to 2018.

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The increase mostly came from Illinois residents who were seeking the procedure.

The Chicago Tribune reports that many abortion opponents link the increase to a state law that went into effect in 2018 expanding taxpayer-subsidized abortions.

The law allows state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions. It also made sure that abortions remain legal.

Abortion-rights supporters, however, say there's no way to know how the law affected the overall numbers.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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