New CDC Report Shows U.S. Abortion Rate Is Lowest Since 1969; Pro-lifers Encouraged, But Cautious

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The number of women and girls undergoing abortions in the United States dropped by one-fifth between 2004 and 2013, a new report shows.

While the report shows the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1969 when the government started tracking the procedure, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission urged a bit of caution in its news release, The Weekly. While expressing optimism with the report, they also noted the study relies on information provided voluntarily and is missing reports from three states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2013 abortion surveillance in late November. It shows a 20 percent drop in total abortions since 2004, another tick in the decades-long downward trend.

Pro-life leaders appear to see the new data as more proof the pro-life movement has changed public opinion about abortion.

“Legislation, education, outreach that exposes the reality of abortion and the abortion industry, that increases knowledge and use of alternatives to abortion, and a general increase in public awareness about the humanity of the unborn child and the injustice of treating our fellow human beings in this way have all played a part, I believe, in our culture’s general movement in a pro-life direction,” said Randall O’Bannon with National Right to Life.

According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, nearly one-third of all pro-life laws since Roe v. Wade were passed between 2011 and 2016.

The Family Research Council’s Arina Grossu calls the trend “a tsunami of pro-life laws.”

“FRC credits this to the advances in science which reveal the humanity of the baby, a growing pro-life public, and a decrease in sexually-risky behavior,” she said.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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