By Dave Andrusko
NRL News and NRL News Today have written extensively about the latest abortion numbers produced by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. In a report issued in January, Guttmacher found that for the first time since 1974, the number of abortions fell below one million– 958,200 in 2013 and 926,000 in 2014.
About 157,000 California women had an abortion in 2014, down 27 percent from the 214,000 who underwent the procedure in 2008, according to the institute. The national abortion rate dipped 25 percent during the same period. All but six states nationwide saw a decrease in abortion numbers between 2011 and 2014.
Some thoughts, bearing in mind that California is both a huge state and its legislature is compulsively pro-abortion.
#1. The 157,000 abortions is larger than the total for all the Midwest, which includes large states such as Illinois and Michigan.
#2. That figure is 38,000 more abortions than were performed in New York.
#3. But the positive news is absolutely striking. In 2011, California reported aborting 181,730 children as compared to 157,000 in 2014. That means that 24,730 fewer babies’ lives were snuffed out in 2014, an incredible decrease.
This breakthrough is all the remarkable, given that California is one of Guttmacher’s leading states, as defined by access to abortion. As Caiola and Reese write, “In California, 99 percent of women live in a county with an abortion provider.”
Guttmacher, as it always does, chalks up the majority of the decrease in the number of abortions to an increase in contraceptive use. But, to their credit, Caiola and Reese quote NRLC’s in-house expert:
While contraception may be one reason for the abortion decline, it doesn’t capture the whole picture, said Randall O’Bannon, director of education and research with the anti-abortion advocacy group National Right to Life in Washington, D.C. …
“We believe that when women have the chance to hear other views, when given information about private and public assistance that is available to them, when ultrasound images confirm their gut feelings about the humanity of their unborn child, when they understand more clearly that abortion will not be the answer to their problems but can indeed make things worse, they’ll choose to let their babies live,” he said.
157, 000 abortions is a terrible death toll. But thanks to your work, at every level and through your pro-life members in Congress, we are making a difference.