Thursday, January 17, 2008

Some good news

The most comprehensive study in years of abortion in America underscores a striking change in the landscape, with ever-fewer pregnant women choosing abortion and those who do increasingly opting to avoid surgical clinics.

The number of abortions has plunged to 1.2 million a year, down 25 percent since hitting a peak in 1990, according to a report being released today — days before the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

The abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1974, the first full year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure nationwide.

The annual rate has been falling steadily since 1981, paralleling a sharp decline in the number of abortion providers.

In the early 1980s, nearly one in three pregnant women chose abortion. The most recent data show that proportion is closer to one in five.

The only problem I have with this is that the research was conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, a long arm of Planned Parenthood. Sorry, I just don't trust them. I'm very glad for the lower number, but why can't someone more objective do the studies on abortion and abortion rates? Hopefully, perhaps the rates are even lower.

It doesn't surprise me that the decline began in 1981 since that is when the pro-life movement started in getting information out to women. We had a President who respected life so much that he wrote an essay about it while in office, and in the following years we were finally able to defeat the pro-abortionists in giving women "informed consent" where they are given all the information about pregnancy and offered alternatives (you know, like in every other surgery).

It's always been a grassroots effort for us, fighting the golaith of the pro-abortionist lobby, politicians, and media. Women have always deserved better, and their unborn children have always deserved life.