U.S. abortion rate drops to lowest level since 1973

Photo credit: Ray Dinkha/Walk for Life West Coast

Photo credit: Ray Dinkha/Walk for Life West Coast

A study published by the Guttmacher Institute indicates that the abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973.

The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think tank and former research arm of Planned Parenthood, reported that the abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2011, well below the 1981 peak (29.3 per 1,000) and only slightly higher than the rate in 1973 (16.3 per 1,000) when Roe v. Wade made abortion legal nationwide.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said of the report:

“We are extremely happy that the abortion numbers are going down and continue to be declining over the years.”

Though Guttmacher did not examine the reasons for the decrease in abortions, they suggested that it is due to greater reliance on birth control rather than the recent increase in state-level laws restricting abortion. However, Tobias indicated that pro-life legislation should not be disregarded.

“This latest report from Guttmacher shows the long-term efforts of the right-to-life movement to educate the country about the humanity of the unborn child and to enact laws that help children and their mothers are having a tremendous impact,” Tobias said. “Pro-life legislative efforts at the federal and state levels dating back to the 1980s have established legal protections for unborn children and their mothers. They have also increased public awareness about the impact of abortion by prompting discussion of such topics as the development of the unborn child, the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion, and the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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