Abortions in Pennsylvania have dropped to an all-time low as more women find access to the education and resources they need to choose life.
In 2013, the number of abortions in Pennsylvania dropped by 7 percent to 32,108, according to a report from the state Department of Health. The total is the lowest number of abortions in Pennsylvania since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
“As abortion centers close and more life-affirming information and resources become available, more women are being empowered to choose life,” said Micaiah Bilger, education director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
“Modern technology is making it easier to see the value of life in the womb and the tragedy of abortion,” Bilger said. “Ultrasounds allow parents to see their baby smiling or sucking his or her thumb, and a new study from the University of Florida showed that preborn babies can learn to recognize nursery rhymes in the womb.”
The Pennsylvania abortion rate has been cut in half since the 1980s, thanks to the dedicated work of countless pro-lifers across the state. Now more than ever, women in Pennsylvania have access to life-affirming information and resources through community pro-life groups and pregnancy resource centers.
“More than 200 pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and other organizations are helping pregnant and parenting moms in communities all across the state,” Bilger said.
The data from the report seems to suggest that lack of support is a major factor in women’s decision to abort. In 2013, almost half of the women who had abortions already had at least on child, and 88 percent were unmarried, according to the report.
“Thanks to Pennsylvania pregnancy resources centers and our state Alternatives to Abortion program administered by Real Alternatives, Inc., more pregnant and parenting moms have access to information and support they and their babies need,” Bilger said.
Real Alternatives offers free, confidential caring pregnancy services including pregnancy testing, temporary shelter, diapers and other baby supplies, counseling, food and shelter assistance referrals, and more. Learn more at www.realalternatives.org.
“This is key to ensuring that pregnant and parenting women have the support that they and their families deserve,” Bilger said. “We will continue to work so that every woman and her preborn child are protected and valued under the law.”