Abortions Have Hit Record Lows: Pro-life Laws Saving More Babies

Debbie McDaniel | iBelieve Contributing Writer | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Abortions Have Hit Record Lows: Pro-life Laws Saving More Babies

According to a new report from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the number of abortions in the US has now dropped below one million for the first time in more than four decades.

“The numbers are the lowest since 1975, two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade and opened the doors to abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.”

The National Center for Health Statistics has also released its data from 2016, indicating similar abortion trends. The report states that both teen birth and teen abortion rates are declining to historic lows across the U.S.

Pro-life supporters and activists are thrilled for this change in statistics, and celebrate the noted decline as a result of grassroots efforts across the US.  Many have extended their work to save lives by supporting moms and babies, providing hope and counseling, and giving information and assistance where help is needed.

Life News reports, “Some of the state laws passed in recent years have helped to ensure that women are fully informed about their unborn baby’s development as well as their options, including material assistance for parents, before having an abortion. Other states cracked down on abortion facilities that were operating in unsafe conditions and putting women’s lives in jeopardy.”

Historically, Guttmacher researchers and pro-abortion advocacy groups have avoided giving any credit to pro-life efforts when numbers have dropped. And as typical, researchers are suggesting that the decline is more likely due to increased measures of birth control access, which leads then to a decrease in unplanned pregnancies and abortion rates.

Though notably, they also have admitted, in a less than favorable manner, that pro-lifers are “succeeding in their efforts to save unborn babies and moms from abortion.” The report goes on to state, “… the wave of abortion restrictions passed at the state level over the last five years could also have contributed to the decline by making it more difficult for women to access needed services in highly restrictive states.”

According to the research, abortion rates appear to have dropped the most in the West and South regions of the United States. It also interestingly notes, “Abortion numbers decreased even in areas where new abortion facilities opened – an indication that pro-life education and outreach efforts are working. In the Northeast, the number of abortion clinics increased 14 percent between 2011 and 2014, but the abortion rate still declined by 11 percent.”

Clarke Forsythe, Acting President of Americans United for Life, celebrates the decline, but also notes that the numbers are only estimates. “In the U.S., no national reporting requirements exist for documenting the number of abortions or any of the negative consequences of the procedure,” he shares. “And these estimates … don’t seem to take into account the reports that about 50 percent of abortions are repeat abortions, meaning that the number of women who have abortions each year is closer to 500,000 or below.”

However you look at the numbers or the report, this truth seems to still rise above all: The numbers of abortions have declined in the US.

And for many who have prayed, worked, and served in pro-life efforts, that is something huge to celebrate.


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Publication date: January 18, 2017