Abortion Rates Down 25% – We’re Winning

Liberals constantly say they want abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.” On the first two counts, nobody would dispute they’re telling the truth. On the last count, F. Lee Bailey couldn’t even prove them right.

Let’s face facts — the more abortions performed in America, the more power pro-abortion groups wield. That’s why Planned Parenthood brags about the number of unborn children they’ve killed in their annual reports. It’s not to vouchsafe to America just how rare the procedure is, that’s for certain.

If a new report is any indication, Cecile Richards and her ilk might not have so much to brag about in coming years, at least if prevailing trends continue. A report from the American Journal of Public Health confirmed that abortions in the United States had plummeted by a quarter over a six-year period.

And while there are surely many reasons, it’s undeniable that the pro-life side of American culture and politics is having an impact.

“Between 2008 and 2014, the abortion rate declined 25 percent, from 19.4 to 14.6 per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 years,” the report, released Friday, read.

“The abortion rate for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years declined 46 percent, the largest of any group. Abortion rates declined for all racial and ethnic groups but were larger for non-White women than for non-Hispanic White women. Although the abortion rate decreased 26 percent for women with incomes less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level, this population had the highest abortion rate of all the groups examined: 36.6. If the 2014 age-specific abortion rates prevail, 24 percent of women aged 15 to 44 years in that year will have an abortion by age 45 years.”

The data in the report was taken from the Abortion Patient Survey, the American Community Survey, and the National Survey of Family Growth.

That’s still a high number, mind you. But there’s definitely some progress to report, including the first reduction in two decades in the number of abortions for women whose incomes were less “than 100 percent of the federal poverty level.” The study also concluded that  “most of the decline in adolescent fertility between 2007 and 2012 was a result of changes in contraceptive use, including increased reliance on long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as the IUD (intrauterine device) and implants.”

The study acknowledged that it had its limitations, particularly since “(s)ocial desirability may have affected responses to survey items about family income, previous abortion, and other measures.”

And, it’s worth pointing out that the authors of the study were by no means pro-life advocates, either. In their conclusion, the AJPH said that “(l)aws and policies that make abortion more difficult to access have a disproportionate impact on groups overrepresented among abortion patients, particularly those who are poor or low income. Future research and interventions focused on abortion and unintended pregnancy should seek to understand the underlying causes of disparities in these outcomes, because this information could inform a comprehensive set of policies and programs that benefit all women.”

We’re personally of the opinion that these laws and policies that make abortion “more difficult to access” (read: place any sort of restriction on it) are a good thing, and should start having a proportionate impact on those who are higher income. How better, after all, to save more of the unborn?