The following is a statement from Students for Life of America.
A recently released report from the Planned Parenthood-linked Guttmacher Institute finds that as best as we can measure, the number of abortions and the abortion rate are at the lowest rate since 1973, when abortion was legalized nationwide.
The Associated Press reports, “The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.
The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That’s down from 926,000 tallied in the group’s previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million counted for 2011.
Guttmacher is the only entity that strives to count all abortions in the U.S., making inquiries of individual providers. Federal data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention excludes California, Maryland and New Hampshire.”
While some would say that it because access to birth control, that is not 100% clear. About 50% of people who have abortions say they were using contraception when they conceived. The 50% number also comes from the Guttmacher Institute.
It’s likely that pro-life initiatives have helped, which the Associated Press acknowledges, including numerous pro-life laws.
Other pro-life work including pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, and similar student outreach like it, have helped lower the abortion rate and the number of abortions.
The article also notes, “Over that period, the abortion rate dropped in Ohio by 27% and in Texas by 30%, but the rate dropped by similar amounts in states that protected abortion access, including California, Hawaii and New Hampshire.”
Students for Life of America will continue to work to abolish abortion. You can learn more about how states can abolish abortion below.