No matter what your abortion politics are, it should be great news that the abortion rate has plummeted 25 percent from 2008 to 2014, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
As the Institute reported in the American Journal of Public Health:
Between 2008 and 2014, the abortion rate declined 25%, from 19.4 to 14.6 per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 years. The abortion rate for adolescents aged 15 to 19 years declined 46%, the largest of any group. Abortion rates declined for all racial and ethnic groups but were larger for non-White women than for non-Hispanic White women. Although the abortion rate decreased 26% for women with incomes less than 100% of the federal poverty level, this population had the highest abortion rate of all the groups examined: 36.6. If the 2014 age-specific abortion rates prevail, 24% of women aged 15 to 44 years in that year will have an abortion by age 45 years.
This is the lowest rate ever, lower than the 16.3 in 1973 when the Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand.
That has to mean that tens of thousands if not millions of people among us were saved, some of them undoubtedly in line to make a significant contribution to mankind.
Of course, some will say that many of them would have been born into lives not worth living and into a cold, cruel world. They would have been better off dead, I guess.
Both sides in the abortion wars have tried to take at least some of the credit for the reduction. Pro-choicers credit their efforts, pointing to among other things greater use of contraceptives and reduced sexual activity by teens. (Interesting that the same research finds that:
Fifty-one percent of abortion patients in 2008 were using a contraceptive method in the month they became pregnant, most commonly condoms (27%) or a hormonal method (17%))
Why else would they say that they are for abortion to be legal but rare.
Pro-lifers say their education efforts are in part responsible, pointing to a trend towards more Americans identifying themselves as pro-life.
Whatever. It's welcome news that both sides can agree on something.