Kelly Administration’s Dismal Reporting Record Worsens: Where are 2022 Abortion Numbers?

It’s June 1st, 2023. Yet the 2022 “Abortions in Kansas” annual report has still not been released. What is Gov. Laura Kelly hiding? And when will Kansans get the information they are guaranteed by state law? 

Governor Laura Kelly placed in front of a backdrop of a graph of rising values. Text: Where are the 2022 abortion stats? What is Governor Kelly hiding? The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) typically releases preliminary abortion numbers in the month of March. But now, for the third time in Gov. Kelly’s tenure, abortion numbers are late. In fact, they’re the latest on record since at least 1999. 

“This is the longest delay we’ve ever seen in the release of the annual abortion statistics report, even during the pandemic,” said Danielle Underwood, KFL Director of Communications. “Why is the Kelly Administration holding back last year’s abortion statistics?” 

From public comments made by abortion providers, it is likely Kansas saw a steep increase in overall abortions in 2022, chemical abortions, abortions performed on out-of-state residents, and possibly even live dismemberment abortions. 

KFL urges the governor to immediately release the numbers.