- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas saw an increase last year in the number of abortions using a procedure banned under a policy that is expected to take effect in July.

The state Department of Health and Environment released statistics Wednesday showing that the dilation and evacuation method was used in 637 abortions in 2014. That was 8.8 percent of the 7,263 pregnancies terminated in Kansas.

Legislators passed a bill last week to redefine the procedure as “dismemberment abortion” and outlaw it. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has promised to sign it.

The health department reported 584 abortions using the method in 2013, accounting for 7.8 percent of the 7,485 abortions that year.

The increase in such abortions was 53, or 9.1 percent.

The decrease in total abortions last year was 222, or 3 percent.

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