By Dave Andrusko
Tomorrow is the March for Life and next Monday is the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the dual 1973 Supreme Court decisions which wreaked havoc on American culture and set the stage for the destruction of over 60,000,000 unborn babies, What better time for a 69-page overview of the state of abortion in our culture produced by expert staff at National Right to Life.
NRLC President Carol Tobias ends her introduction with this terrific summary of the report:
This fifth annual “State of Abortion in the United States” is not just a snapshot of where we are at as we observe the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v.Bolton, but also a blueprint for how we move forward to build a culture that values life and respects mother and their children.
The report is a highly readable, one-stop overview of the kinds of invaluable information on a myriad of topics that all pro-lifers should have at their fingertips.
There are five sections and a hugely helpful appendix:
- United States Abortion Numbers
- Planned Parenthood’s Billion-Dollar Empire
- Public Opinion Polling
- Federal Policy & Abortion
- State Laws & Abortion
Included in the Appendix is a Synopsis of U.S. Supreme Court Cases and the presidential records on life of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W Bush, and Ronald Reagan.
“Abortion numbers” does an exquisite job explaining the two primary sources of information that have documented an-impossible-to-deny decline in the number of abortions. Those are the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute. The section explains why and how the welcomed reduction of 1.6 million abortions to under one million came about—and it is not the pro-abortion answer. It includes effective education and legislation, outreach, and alternatives. The importance of all these in reducing the number of babies lost to abortion cannot be overstated. “United States Abortion Numbers” ends with abortion totals from a representative sample of states.
“Planned Parenthood’s Billion-Dollar Empire” is an eye-opener to the average citizen who has been fed the line that PPFA is all about “women’s health.” In its latest annual report, PPFA reported performing 321,384 abortions. Its bottom line grew to $1,459,600 in revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Note that we find the number of patients seen dropped 20% from the prior year and “cancer screenings” fell by almost two-thirds. Planned Parenthood has maintained its enormous “market share” even while the overall number of abortions continues to drop, a testament to PPFA’s unchallenged status as the overwhelmingly dominate provider of abortions in America—and its powerful political connections.
Fewer patients, more money—the reality behind PPFA’s polished image.
“Public Opinion Polling” is a very in-depth analysis of what a close reading of polling data reveals–that a clear majority opposes the reasons for which 90+percent of all abortions are performed. Moreover the report is a necessary counterbalance to the media myth that abortion did not help pro-life candidates, including President Trump. For example The Polling Company found that 49% of voters said the abortion issue affected the way they voted. Fully 31% voted for pro-life candidates, compared to just 18% who voted for candidates who support abortion.
“Federal Policy & Abortion” is an extremely in-depth look, filled with historical background and a clear explanation of NRLC’s top congressional priority for the new Congress.
“State Laws & Abortion,” likewise, offers pro-life activists a great summary of state laws enacted by NRLC’s state affiliates. These laws certainly have had an impact—see, for example, the dramatic decrease in the number of abortions in many states. There are separate sections on a variety of pro-life initiatives such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, to name just two.
“Synopsis of U.S. Supreme Court Cases” which provides a brief, but telling synopses of Supreme Court cases on abortion. It starts with Roe and Doe in 1973 and carries the reader through the 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decision which upheld the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act ending with the 2016 Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision which gutted some provisions (but not all) of a Texas law passed in 2013.
We will take a second look at “The State of Abortion in America,” 2018 on Friday. Be sure to read it.
“I strongly recommend that right-to-lifers keep the link to this report handy or, better yet, print it out and make it available to others– reporters, legislators, priests and pastors, etc.,” said NRLC President Carol Tobias. “The annual report has great information that can and should be used year-round.