In 2018, there were an estimated 2.7 million abortions performed in the United States, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
That is nearly double the rate in 2014.
It’s an alarming statistic given that the abortion rate in the state has fallen by nearly 40 percent since 1990.
Some states have gone so far as to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with several states even banning abortions at 20 weeks.
A few months ago, a federal judge ruled in favor of a Kansas county that had argued that the state’s restrictive abortion laws are unconstitutional and that they violate the U.S. Constitution.
The case is pending.
The ACLU of Kansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights, two abortion rights organizations, are suing to block the restrictions in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.
The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which argued that Kansas’ 20-week ban violates its right to privacy.
The group’s lawsuit argued that allowing abortions at this time “is an impermissible intrusion on the woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.”
In addition to the court ruling, the state also recently moved to lift restrictions on abortion clinics, which it said was necessary to protect women and their doctors from an influx of clinics seeking to provide abortions.
This story was updated at 11:17 a.m.