The Community Impact of the Central Oregon Pregnancy Centers

Pregnancies and Their Outcomes and the community impact on our Tri-County area

The following information was prepared by the Alan Guttmacher Institute:

• In 2011, there were 6 million pregnancies to the 63 million women of reproductive age (15-44) in the United States. Sixty-seven percent of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 18% in abortions; the remaining 15% ended in miscarriage.

• In Oregon, 65,900 of the 758,988 women of reproductive age became pregnant in 2011. 68% of these pregnancies resulted in live births and 16% in induced abortions.

• In 2011, 1.1 million American women obtained abortions, producing a rate of 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. The rate is a decrease from 2008, when the abortion rate was 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44.

• In 2011, 10,690 women obtained abortions in Oregon, producing a rate of 14.1 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age. Some of these women were from other states, and some Oregon residents had abortions in other states, so this rate may not reflect the abortion rate of state residents. The rate decreased 18% since 2008, when it was 17.2 abortions per 1,000 women 15-44. Abortions in Oregon represent 1.0% of all abortions in the United States.

Where Do Women Obtain Abortions?

• In 2011, there were 1,720 abortion providers in the United States. This is a slight (4%) decrease from 2008, when there were 1,787 abortion providers. Thirty-five percent of these providers were hospitals, 19% were abortion clinics (clinics where more than half of all patient visits were for abortion), 30% were clinics where fewer than half of all visits were for abortion, and 17% were private physicians’ offices. Sixty-three percent of all abortions were provided at abortion clinics, 31% at other clinics, 4% at hospitals and 1% at private physicians’ offices.

• In 2011, there were 29 abortion providers in Oregon; 15 of those were clinics. This represents no change in overall providers and a no change in clinics from 2008, when there were 29 abortion providers overall, of which 15 were abortion clinics.

• In 2011, 89% of U.S. counties had no abortion clinic. 38% of American women lived in these counties, which meant they would have to travel outside their county to obtain an abortion. Of women obtaining abortions in 2008, one-third traveled more than 25 miles.

• In 2011, 78% of Oregon counties had no abortion clinic. 31% of Oregon women lived in these counties.
(* Source: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/oregon.html)

The Community Impact of our Pregnancy Centers in Central Oregon:

We serve the Tri-Counties of Central Oregon with free pregnancy testing, ultrasound and after abortion recovery support plus many other practical services.

• Our organization was founded in 1993 and we established our multiple center network over the next 25 years.  With centers in La Pine and Madras during this time and currently operating in Bend, Redmond and Prineville.
• We have seen a total of over 12,000* women since opening our doors 25 years ago.
• We have provided 10,100* free pregnancy tests for women of the counties we serve.
• There is 1 published abortion provider in the counties we serve.
• In Deschutes county alone, our staff and volunteers have annually provided 5,400* man-hours of free services to our 1600* clients representing an estimated $1,664,000.00*** (one year) tax savings to the county.
(* Pregnancy Resource Centers of Central Oregon records
*** http://www.bendbulletin.com/home/1994823-151/new-deschutes-county-health-director-chosen# Deschutes County Health Dept 200 employees. Figure $20.00/hour (approximation on what Health Dept employee cost per hour) 40 hrs/week x 52 weeks = 41,600.00 for one county employee for one year. Out of 200 employees, 20% work in pregnancy/parenting up to two years old, so that would be 40 county employees x 41,600 = 1,664,000)

How we reach our communities:

About Deschutes County:
As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 115,367 people, 45,595 households, and 31,962 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 54,583 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.85% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.36% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. 3.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.4% were of German, 13.2% English, 11.4% Irish and 9.1% American ancestry.

There were 45,595 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,847, and the median income for a family was $48,403. Males had a median income of $34,070 versus $25,069 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,767. About 6.30% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.

• Our website www.prcco.org has for years helped us reach over 12,000 clients since opening the center in 1993.
• Through community presentations at area schools and churches we educate individuals about the risks of abortion, STD’STI risks of sexual activity and teach about the benefits of abstinence.
• We advertise locally and online.
• With this site, www.centraloregonforlife.org, we look forward to building new relationships with individuals and businesses in our community to further impact our community.

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