Abortions in Illinois increased almost 10% in one year, with more than 7,500 women traveling in from out of state
Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning as the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

CHICAGO – The 2019 data shows a rise in both the number of in-state women terminating a pregnancy as well as those traveling to Illinois from other states for the procedure. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a slight increase — about 1% — in abortions nationwide from 2017 to 2018, the most recently reported data; however, from 2011 to 2017 the number of abortions nationwide had been on the decline, falling to the lowest level since the procedure was legalized. More than 46,500 pregnancies were terminated in Illinois in 2019 compared to about 42,400 in 2018, ac...