April abortions hit 2022 low following clinic closures

By Tessa Redmond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – In April 2022, 324 lives were lost to abortion in Kentucky. The figure represents the lowest monthly total reported this year.

With the passage of a pro-life omnibus bill in April, abortion access faltered. EMW Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood in Louisville electively closed, leaving Kentucky without abortion providers for eight days. Even with the closures, EMW provided 252 abortions and Planned Parenthood provided 70; the University of Louisville provided the remaining two abortions.

Nearly 89% of abortions occurred in the first trimester; there were only 36 second trimester abortions in April, with the latest procedure being performed at 21-weeks gestation.

An overwhelming majority of women (71.6%) obtaining abortions had previously given birth — with 13 women birthing five or more children.

More women were getting their first abortion in April then were returning for a second procedure. However, 16 women had previously terminated five or more pregnancies, with one woman breaking into double digits with her 10th reported abortion.

All data related to abortions provided in Kentucky are made available to the public through the Open Records Act.

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