Sunday, November 25, 2012

Abortion Rates Drop as Restrictions Increase

As the federal government (CDC) releases a report showing fewer abortions in 2009 (the latest data available), expectations rise for even greater pro-life emphasis at the state level in reaction to an extended pro-abortion Obama administration.

Also reported by the CDC: The number of mothers dying from abortion procedures doubled.

For background, read Pro-life Legislation Floods America and also read Poll: Most Americans Pro-life; Liberals Desperate as well as U.S. Teenage Birth Rate Lowest on Record in 2010

UPDATE 1/3/12: CDC reports total number of abortions from 2000 through 2009 8,356,483

-- From "Abortions Fell Most in a Decade as Teen Rate Declined" by Elizabeth Lopatto, Bloomberg 11/21/12

A total of 784,507 abortions were reported in 2009, with a ratio of 227 abortions for every 1,000 live births, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] said in a report today. The report included the District of Columbia and New York City while excluding seven states that didn’t provide enough data.

The decline in abortions occurred as the U.S. birth rate was falling for three straight years, dropping in 2010 to the lowest level since 1987. Adolescent pregnancies plunged, reflected in the lowest-ever teen birth rate in 2010 and an even steeper decrease in teen abortions, the report authors said.

The data also showed more women have abortions early in gestation, with the majority of terminations performed at less than eight weeks. That’s when the risks for complications are lowest, the authors wrote.

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From "CDC: Abortions fall 5%, largest drop in a decade" by Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times 11/21/12

About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC. An important way to reduce abortions is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies.

The CDC has been reporting annually on the number and rate of abortions since 1969. The annual numbers are based on voluntary reports from states and some other municipalities. A few states, such as California, which is the most populous, do not report [including Illinois, Florida and several others]. That explains why the CDC said there were about 785,000 abortions in 2009, while other estimates put the number at more than 1 million.

To make comparisons possible, the CDC said it used the data from 43 states and two cities that have been reporting the numbers each year for 10 years. Those areas account for 772,630 abortions in 2009, or about 98.5% of the total reported to the federal agency.

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From "U.S. abortions fall 5%, biggest drop since government started tracking data" by Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times 11/21/12

In 2009, more than half of abortions were performed on women in their 20s, while women in their 30s accounted for about another 27 percent of abortions.

Teens, aged 15 to 19, had 15.5 percent of all abortions; women aged 18 and 19 had the majority of those abortions.

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From "U.S. abortion rate fell 5 percent in 2009: CDC study" by Ben Johnson, 11/21/12

However, that number excludes early abortions that may have been caused by the increase in “emergency contraception” and abortifacient birth control methods such as IUDs. The report singles out IUD and hormonal contraception use as part of the reason for the lower rate of abortions performed in facilities, and specifically promotes the increased use of the IUD.

Duke University economics professor Elizabeth Ananat believes one “factor [in the declining overall rate] may be the growing use of the morning-after pill, a form of emergency contraception that has been increasingly easier to get,” according to Reuters news service.

Of women who chose an abortion that year, nearly half, 44.7 percent, had at least one previous abortion; 8.1 percent had undergone three or more abortions.

White women accounted for the largest number and percentage of abortions (37.7 percent), followed by black women (35.4 percent), Hispanics (20.6 percent), and those of other ethnic backgrounds (6.3 percent). However, white women had the lowest abortion rates relative to population, while the black abortion rate was nearly four times as high.

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For further background, read Minorities Targeted by Planned Parenthood for Abortion: Study

From "Report: Number of Women Dying From Legal Abortions Doubles" by Steven Ertelt, 11/23/12

“The CDC report documents the death of twelve women following their abortion,” said [Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine] Yoest. “That number is double the deaths reported the previous year and it’s the highest since 1994.”

Yoest said the CDC officials compiling the annual abortion report note in their analysis that state laws have contributed to the decline in the number and rate of abortion. As the legal arm of the pro-life movement, Americans United for Life has paved the way for this historic drop in abortion through leading the development of the intellectual architecture of commonsense legislation designed to protect women and children,  such as clinic regulations holding abortion providers to acceptable standards of care.

In 2009, close to 60 pro-life laws were enacted across the states, a marked increase from 2008 and that trend has continued as the passage of pro-life legislation at the state level has been steadily increasing.

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Also read about the link of breast cancer to abortion and delayed childbirth