HOUSTON, TX – When you’re a teenager, getting pregnant can seem like the end of the world.
All of sudden faced with life and death decisions, with people all around you who want to tell you what to do.
As much as you hear people talking about the topic, the number of abortions is down to an all-time low since abortions became legal in 1973.
The abortion rate dropped 13% between 2008 and 2011, to 16.9 per thousand women. Way down from the 1981 peak of 29.3 abortions per 1000 women.
Rochelle Tafolla, with Planned Parenthood said, “There was a decline in abortions rates, but as well there was a decline in unintended pregnancy.”
Cheryl Park with Houston Coalition for Life said, “I think the laws changing, the 24 hour waiting period from ultrasound to an abortion, and also, showing the women and allowing them to see the ultrasound, and to hear the heartbeat has made a big difference.”
Before you pro-lifers break your arms patting yourselves on the back over the success of all the recent abortion restrictions, listen up, the survey by the Guttmacher Institute was done before any of those went into place.
The decline is attributed to improved contraceptive use as well the use of more effective, long-acting reversible methods.
And though, the abortion rate went down, abortions using early medication procedures increased.
Maybe couples are just being more careful, or could it be the overall decline in birth rates? You be the judge.