A new study shows that, despite the constant harping of leftist abortion proponents in politics and the media, fewer and fewer Americans are making the callous decision to murder their own children in the womb. Perhaps the apparent shift in public sentiment on this contentious issue is in part the reason the anti-life crowd is engaging in increasingly desperate ploys to prop up single-issue candidates like Wendy Davis.
The Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for the murderous act, released results indicating that the current rate of abortion is the lowest since 1973 – the year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Roe V. Wade case.
In 2011, there were 16.9 abortions for every 1,000 women between 15 and 44 years old. That rate marked a staggering drop from 1981, during which the rate was 29.3.
The total number of abortions in 2011 was just over 1 million, 13 percent fewer than just three years prior.
Since 2011, a number of laws and regulations have passed making late-term and other abortions more difficult to obtain. Such developments indicate the downward trend is likely to continue on its current trajectory.
While study author Rachel Jones said the significant drop was likely due to improved forms of contraception, the pro-life movement has scored a number of victories in recent years. National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias suggested the study “shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to unexpected pregnancy.”
Of course, babies continue to die at an unconscionable rate in the U.S., preventing millions of individuals from achieving their God-given potential due to the selfishness of their parents. While any decrease in the rampancy of such behavior is a reason for optimism, those who believe in the sanctity of life must continue fighting until abortion is relegated along with slavery to the ash heap of American history.
–B. Christopher Agee
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