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From Pro-Life Wisconsin and WI Right To Life:
Today, the Guttmacher Institute released their findings from the Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011 study. There is good news, abortion rates and ratios are continuing to drop. However, Guttmacher argues the continued decline has nothing to do with pro-life legislation, but other factors.
Guttmacher’s downplay of pro-life legislation having an impact on abortions is not surprising. They were originally a research arm of Planned Parenthhood. They do note two exceptions that have an impact on a woman receiving an abortion. Those exceptions are “24-hour waiting periods that require two in-person visits and the elimination of state Medicaid funding for abortion services.”
An estimated 1.1 million abortions were performed in 2011, down from 1.21 million in 2008. Information collected in Guttmacher’s study comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who compiles and publishes data on abortions. The CDC information is not complete, as California does not report their information.
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias stated, “That abortion rates and numbers continue to decline is heartening because it shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to an unexpected pregnancy. 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.”
Beyond legislation, it is clear educating women about the alternatives to abortion are having an impact. As noted by the Guttmacher’s study, between 2001 and 2008, unintended pregnancies increased, but the number of unintended pregnancies ended through abortion decreased. This must be in part due to the education of the women to carry her pregnancy to term, the availability of care at pregnancy centers, and a change in attitude towards abortion. Guttmacher argues “these patterns could represent increased difficulty in accessing abortion services.”
Wisconsin Right to Life is pleased that the national rates are at an all-time low. However, from the numbers reported, there are still one-in-five babies who are lost to abortion in the U.S. Wisconsin’s abortion rate, the number of abortions performed per 1,000 women of childbearing age, is 6. Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work to educate, inform, and pass legislation to protect every unborn child.
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