The number of abortions in America declined by 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade.
The Associate Press story quotes a Duke University assistant professor as saying the figures show women are being more careful, not wanting to get pregnant during tough economic times, and more are using contraceptives.
All of that may be true, but I credit something else. They are the thousands of pregnancy centers that have helped women know the truth about themselves, their bodies and unborn babies. These centers, mostly operated by women, many of whom have experienced abortions and regretted them, are centers of compassion. I have spoken for them and I have seen first-hand the difference they make in the lives of women and men.
They lead many to Christ, which then produces a changed lifestyle. Let's hope these downward abortion trends continue. One way you can help is to support your local pregnancy center.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: November 26, 2012