Two-thirds of Michigan’s abortions in Detroit area

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit counties — Wayne, Oakland and Macomb — were host to two-thirds of the induced abortions performed in Michigan in 2014, despite having only 40 percent of the state’s female population, a Detroit News analysis found.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is bound by state law to produce an annual report on induced abortions in Michigan. Michigan doctors performing abortions are bound by state law to “report the performance of the procedure” to the department within 7 days of the abortion.

Those reports “shall contain only the following information and no other information,” the law says: Age at the time of the abortion, marital status, city and state of residence, the name and address of the facility, the source of the referral

Compared to 1985, almost twice as many Michigan women have had two or more abortions — 25 percent in 2014, compared to less than 15 percent in 1985.

Unmarried women have about 90 percent of the abortions in Michigan. That trend generally holds across racial lines, but for two exceptions: Asians, for whom that number is 51.4 percent, and native Americans, for whom the number is 49.7 percent.

Abortion rates also find Metro Detroit counties above the state average, which is 13.9 abortions per 1,000 women. In Detroit, 43 women per 1,000 had abortions; 20 in Wayne County outside of Detroit; 16.7 in Macomb and 15.2 in Oakland.