NRLC’s 7th annual “The State of Abortion in America,” 2020: Part One

Must reading for pro-lifers to share with family and friends

By Dave Andrusko

Two days ago, on the 47th anniversary of the wretched Roe v. Wade decision, NRLC published its 7th annual “State of Abortion in America.” This 57-page overview of all things pro-life is indispensible reading.

In today’s Part One, we’ll focus primarily on the Introduction to the report, written by NRLC President Carol Tobias.

In Monday’s Part Two, we’ll begin to talk in more detail about the contents of the seven sections that make up “The State of Abortion in the United States”–2020: United States Abortion Numbers; The Equal Rights Amendment: Special National Right to Life Analysis; Planned Parenthood: More Abortion, Less Care An Analysis of the Abortion Giant’s Annual Report; Federal Policy & Abortion Overview; State Laws & Abortion; Synopsis of U.S. Supreme Court Cases; and The Presidential Record on Life.

In her introduction, Tobias writes

Over five decades ago, a movement began to take shape. Doctors and teachers, lawyers and homemakers, men and women of diverse backgrounds, different faiths and opposing political viewpoints all came together united by one common belief: that taking a human life through abortion was anathema to American values. As pro-abortion forces began pushing for changes in state laws, those dedicated pro-life activists rose up and became a powerful voice against those who viewed human life as expendable.

Their task became more challenging when the U.S. Supreme Court federalized the abortion issue. In its twin Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which were handed down on January 22, 1973, the Court legalized abortion for any reason. Tragically, 47 years later, National Right to Life estimates that more than 61 million unborn children have lost their lives as a result of those decisions.

However, the right-to-life movement has remained undeterred. Through our determination to protect mothers and their children, we continue 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.

Now, on this 47th anniversary of the Court’s action, we pause to look at the state of abortion in the United States. From recent data analyzed in these pages, we know the annual number of abortions continues to decline. This drop in numbers can be traced to a number of factors, but among them are the efforts by National Right to Life and its network of state affiliates to enact protective laws that provide legal protection to unborn children and offer hope and help to their mothers. These legislative efforts are at the very heart of our work, and they are one of the keys to ending abortion in the United States.

All of this is welcome news. Pro-life education and legislative efforts are making an impact on our culture and in the lives of women facing unexpected pregnancies.

But there is still much to be done.

This seventh annual “State of Abortion in the United States” is not just a snapshot of where we are as the nation observes the 47th 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 mothers and their children

As was the case with its six predecessors, the beauty of “The State of Abortion in America,” 2020 is that 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.

Be sure to take out time to read this indispensible resource. Part Two will appear Monday at National Right to Life News Today.

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