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Abortion Rate Increased In The Magic Valley

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The U.S. abortion rate is at its lowest point since 1973 falling 13% since 2008.

That’s according to a study by Guttmacher Institute.

However, that's not the case here in the Magic Valley.
A growing trend is taking place nationwide, fewer abortions.

The numbers are down in the gem state, but the Magic Valley is not seeing that same trend.

"Abortion rates are coming down nationwide which is very exciting. Statewide its coming down, but locally they're not. We are at record numbers right now,” said Marylyn Scott Francis, Pregnancy Crisis Center.

In 2011 there were one-hundred and 99 abortions that took place in Twin Falls County, 188 of those were Idaho residents and the rest were from out of state.

"Our clients are coming in and telling us that they are being told it's not a baby. They are being told it's a clump of tissue and that they don't have anything to worry about,” said Scott Francis.

Nearly 1.1 million abortions took place in the united states in 2011, some seven-hundred thousand fewer than in 2008.

Kimberly High School guidance counselor Debbie Klug says, they offer resources for students who have concerns.

"I guess I'm surprised by the national statistics because I'm not seeing any type of increase of students coming in with those types of concerns. In fact I haven't really seen kids in years on those issues,” said Debbie Klug, Kimberly High School.

Which leaves the question, why are the numbers continuing to climb.
The pregnancy crisis center in Twin Falls offers pre and post abortion counseling and free ultrasounds.


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