Skip to comments.Abortion Rate Continues to Decline
Posted on 12/18/2013 5:24:57 PM PST by Sparticus
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released abortion figures for the year 2010. The data indicates that the national abortion rate continues its 20 year decline. The number of abortions performed declined by 3 percent between 2009 and 2010. This decline is fairly consistent across the country. The number of abortions went down in 36 of the 44 states that reported data to the CDC. Furthermore, there was no strong regional variation in the decline. The decline in southern states was actually slightly less than the national average. The abortion decline was nearly equal in red states and blue states.
The mainstream media often fails to cover abortion trends, and whatever coverage they do provide tends to be either misleading or superficial. This years coverage is no different. The only high-circulation newspaper to cover the 2010 abortion figures was the New York Times. They ran a brief article on November 27 contrasting the 3 percent decline in 2010 with the 5 percent decline in 2009. Unsurprisingly, the Times failed to mention that abortion numbers have fallen 18 out of the past 20 years or that the total number of abortions has declined by approximately 25 percent since 1990.
Whenever the media covers abortion trends, they often cite increased contraception use as the reason for the abortion drop. The Associated Press mentioned this in their coverage of the 2010 abortion figures. However, this assertion is not supported by the data. Contraception use began to increase well before abortions started to decline. And the unintended pregnancy rate has actually increased since the mid-1990s. Interestingly, since 1990 there has been a substantial increase in both pro-life public sentiment and state level pro-life laws. However, the mainstream media has scant interest in giving the pro-life movement any credit for declining abortion rates.
Somebody tell Nancy Pelosi that her holy ground is shrinking.
I know we've been around and around on the subject
but societies on the pill increase their abortion rate.
One abortion is one too many.
Bear in mind, we’re becoming similar to England in that more kids = more government ca$h.
Possibly because of the morning after pill which the Obama administration has now demanded be covered by all insurance plans.
Is this why Obama wishes to subsidies Planed Genocide ?
54 million dead babies is still not enough for his child blood lust.
The pill is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. You cannot blame abortion rates on use of the pill.
>> Bear in mind
“bear” phrases are unavoidably funny.
I think one reason that leftists love abortion so much is that killing one million babies represents tangible progress if one is terrified of overpopulation, while merely preventing pregnancies is nebulous and unquantifiable.
Yes, I agree that leftist fear of over population is one of their rationalizations for the Planed Parents Death Camps. I often hear liberals say that children should not be allowed to live if they will be poor.
Another reason is liberal desire to help Margaret Sanger maximize the abortion of Black American Babies.
The most obvious practitioner of racism in the United States today is Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and recently documented as ready to accept money to eliminate black babies - Dr. Alveda King.
Oh yes I can. The Pill led, and still leads, to an explosion of casual sex that far outstrips the effective (note: EFFECTIVE, NOT THEORETICAL) pregnancy prevention rate of The Pill.
Casual sex is nothing new. However, most sex occurs within relationships. The effectiveness of the pill is not theoretical, but is measured directly in clinical studies.
The main cause of abortion is, and has always been, a failure to use available means of preventing pregnancy. In my opinion, blaming the availability of contraceptives for the abortion epidemic severely undermines the pro-life position. The abortion industry has a clear financial interest in trying to discourage the use of contraceptives. But when people who call themselves pro-life also try to discourage the use of contraceptives, I have to wonder. Do you really believe that casual sex will stop just because people don’t have access to contraceptives? What is your real motivation, anyway? Is it to save babies? Is it to reduce the number of babies who are conceived by mothers who have no intent of allowing them to live? Or is concern over the fate of babies secondary to a desire to control behavior?
The CDC attributes the drop to the economy. It is cheaper to use contraceptives than it is to get pregnant, no matter what the outcome of the pregnancy is. The overall pregnancy rate, not just the abortion rate, has gone down (at least, according to a CDC report a few months ago).
former abortionist Carol Everett has admitted to low-dosing birth control to necessitate abortions:
RightSoup.com: ...”Pro-life pharmacist Patrick McCrystal says that low-dose 20-30 mg estrogen birth control pills, designed to minimize side effects, have a breakthrough ovulation rate between 2-10%. Progesterone-only pills have a breakthrough rate of 60-85%. Many of those girls and women will come back to the clinic, where they got the pills, to have an abortion. Cha-ching.”
If abortionists purposely prescribe inadequate doses of birth control pills in order to increase the failure rate, that is a different issue. The pills are not the problem. Along the same lines, there was news several years ago about Planned Parenthood deliberately distributing low-quality condoms with a high breakage rate. Those issues are examples of fraud, not of contraceptive failure.
Also, IIRC, women should use an additional form of birth control for the first month or so to give their bodies a chance to adjust to the pill.
The situation you described demonstrates that women should not, under any circumstances, go to Planned Parenthood or any other abortion business if she wants birth control. She should probably make it very clear at the time of prescription that she will not, for any reason, have an abortion.