In other, serious news, the State of Minnesota released their annual report: “Report to the Legislature: Induced Abortions in Minnesota“. These stats are for the calendar year 2010.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information has NOT released their scheduled report on abortion statistics for all of Canada. That report, due in the Spring of 2011, would have covered abortion reporting for 2009.
Since British Columbia hardly provides any statistics, the delay can’t possibly be because of an over abundance of data, now can it?
But health officials in Minnesota understand why abortion reporting is important:
Reports of induced abortion are not legal records and are not maintained permanently in the files of the State office of vital statistics. However, the data they provide are very important from both a demographic and a public health viewpoint. Data from reports of induced abortion provide unique information on the characteristics of women having induced abortions. Uniform annual data of such quality are nowhere else available. Medical and health information is provided to evaluate risks associated with induced abortion at various lengths of gestation and by the type of abortion procedure used. Information on the characteristics of the women is used to evaluate the impact that induced abortion has on the birth rate, teenage pregnancy, and out-of-wedlock births. Because these abortion data provide information necessary to promote and monitor health, it is important that the reports be completed carefully.
At any rate, remember that the release of detailed abortion statistics are forbidden in British Columbia. That information and data are currently censored.