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By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews, Sept. 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC – Pro-life advocates have a reason to celebrate this week after a report shows abortions dropping to a new all-time low across the United States.
The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group considered to have the most comprehensive abortion data, reported a 7-percent drop in abortions between 2017 and 2014, NPR reports.
There were 862,320 abortions reported in 2017, down from 926,200 in 2014, according to the report. The abortion rate also fell to 13.5 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down from 14.6 in 2014 and 16.9 in 2011.
Not since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed abortion on demand in 1973 through Roe v. Wade have abortion numbers been so low.
Guttmacher attributed the decline to lower pregnancy rates and better access to contraception. However, pro-life efforts to protect unborn babies and mothers also made a strong impact.
According to the report, 32 states passed about 400 pro-life laws in that time period, including requirements that women be allowed to see the ultrasound of their unborn baby, informed consent, parental consent and waiting period requirements.
Guttmacher researchers tried to dismiss the impact of these laws by claiming that abortion rates fell in states that did not pass pro-life laws as well as those that did. According to the AP, “It said 57% of the nationwide decline occurred in the 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, that did not enact any new restrictions.” ….