PHOENIX - Arizona is recording a 26 percent increase in the number of abortions performed in the state, but the state's top health official says the increase apparently is due to improved reporting.
The Department of Health Services says 14,401 abortions were reported as being performed in 2011. That's up from 11,438 in 2010.
Health Services Director Will Humble says state officials think there previously was under-reporting by providers.
The department has replaced paper reports with an electronic reporting system, and Humble says efforts to boost reporting apparently are paying off.
The report indicates that about two-thirds of the abortions performed in 2011 were surgical. The remaining one-third used medication to terminate pregnancies.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Did You Hear?
Jacqueline Simpson, 52, is suing the restaurant chain over a piece of glass she bit into while eating a chicken sandwich.
A man who was trying to protect his wife from a home run ball got a face full of beer for his effort.
Jim Heston, an American guesthouse operator in Cambodia, has lived a life in denim and has the photos to prove it. There were the dungarees he wore as a little boy, the dark bell-bottoms he had on for a hike up Japan's Mount Fuji, and the Levis straight-leg 501 jeans he's stayed with for the past 36 years.
More Central Phoenix News
In a statement to the jury during Tuesday's penalty phase, Jodi Arias admitted killing boyfriend Travis Alexander and said it was the "worst thing" she had ever done.