NRLC’s invaluable “State of Abortion in U.S.”

How to quickly get someone up to speed? Read National Right to Life 4th annual “State of Abortion in the United States” report

By Dave Andrusko

Each year about this time, National Right to Life releases an in-depth, across-the-board summary of where we are on the abortion issue in a report NRLC calls simply, “The State of Abortion in the United States.”

And so it is that National Right to Life Committee, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, has made available its fourth annual addition.

We will blog at least twice more about the report. Why? Because both the pro-life veteran and novice alike can learn from the insights contained in this 64-page overview.

Looked at broadly, the report: summarizes key legislative developments at the state and federal level; analyzes the data found in the CDC and Guttmacher reports which both show dramatic declines in the number of abortion, abortion rate, and abortion ratio; and carefully explains how and why a majority of people continue to oppose Roe v. Wade’s abortion-for-any-reason doctrine.

“The right-to-life movement continues to see evidence that our efforts to educate our nation about the unborn child’s humanity and our efforts to enact protective pro-life legislation are having a tremendous impact in moving our nation away from Roe and Doe’s deadly legacy,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

“Pro-life Americans made their voices heard last November,” she continued. “We now have pro-life majorities in both houses of Congress and, with the Trump Administration, a White House dedicated to advancing pro-life policies that help mothers and their unborn children.”

Today we’ll focus on the enormously encouraging drop in the number of abortions before moving on to federal and state legislative developments and to the babies’ mortal enemy, Planned Parenthood. We begin here because this is the most direct illustration of how pro-life education, legislation, and political outreach are making a difference.

On January 17, the Guttmacher Institute, once a special research affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, released its latest study confirming trends previously reported by the CDC. In the Guttmacher study, researchers found a 12.5% drop in the annual number of abortions between 2011 and 2014 and similar substantial drops in the abortion rate and abortion ratio.

In 2013, for the first time first time since 1974, the number of abortions performed in the United States dropped below one million—958,200. In 2014, the decline continued to 926,190 abortions.

Even better news, longer term, is that abortion rates and ratios, which measure the general frequency of abortion and the likelihood that a pregnant woman will abort, are down to levels below what they were in 1973, when Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton first made abortion on demand the law of the land.

Tomorrow we’ll pick up with state and federal legislative updates from “The State of Abortion in the United States” 2017. You can read the report for yourself.