BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards released data showing that the number of abortions in Louisiana has fallen to a 10-year low. Abortions in Louisiana have decreased every year of the Edwards administration. Since 2014, the number of abortions conducted in Louisiana has fallen by 20 percent.
In 2018, 8,048 abortions were conducted in the state, the lowest since 2008. It represents a 20 percent drop from 2014, when 10,211 abortions were performed in Louisiana.
Since 2016, under Gov. Edwards’ administration there have been a record number of children permanently adopted from foster care:
• 2016- 735 foster children were adopted by 532 families.
• 2017- 771 foster children were adopted by 548 families.
• 2018- 912 foster children were adopted by 631 families.
“My Catholic Christian faith teaches me to be pro-life,” said Gov. Edwards. “This is personal for Donna and me, and we take it very seriously. We are committed to reducing the number of abortions in Louisiana, and the data shows that it is working. My same Catholic Christian faith leads me to be pro-life after birth as well. Thanks to the Medicaid expansion nearly 500,000 working Louisianans have access to lifesaving health coverage, and for the last three years, Louisiana has set a record for the number of adoptions from the Department of Children and Family Services. I am so proud of the bipartisan work we have done in Louisiana to protect life and promote stronger, healthier families, and I am confident this work will continue.”
In 2018, Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services had a second consecutive record year for adoptions.