January 17, 2008


Abortions down 25% from peak: But a study says more women are choosing medication, rather than surgery, to end pregnancies. (Stephanie Simon, 1/17/08, Los Angeles Times)

A comprehensive study of abortion in America underscores a striking change in the landscape, with ever-fewer pregnant women choosing abortion and those who do increasingly opting to avoid surgical clinics.

The number of abortions has plunged to 1.2 million a year, down 25% since peaking in 1990, according to a report released today -- days before the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

In the early 1980s, nearly 1 in 3 pregnant women chose abortion. The most recent data show that proportion is closer to 1 in 5.

"That's a significant drop, and it's encouraging," said Randall K. O'Bannon, director of education and research for the antiabortion group National Right to Life.

Only look at our declining social pathologies and you can understand why the Europeans hate us. We're the only culture with a future (effectively, the only culture, period).

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2008 8:37 AM

What are the numbers when RU-486 is added?

The trend is good, but every dose of RU-486 is a potential abortion.

Posted by: Bruno at January 17, 2008 9:51 AM

Not sure, but given the pressure my fellow Pro-Lifers have given the drug companies that distribute that killer pill, I'm willing to venture that the number of RU-486 users and abortion seekers combined would not equal the total during the peak.

Posted by: Brad S at January 17, 2008 11:09 AM

I suspect RU-486 doesn't give the same feeling that what the "patient" has done is just another surgical procedure. It doesn't give as much permission.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at January 17, 2008 3:09 PM

Not to worry--there are plenty of illegal immigrants to do the jobs dead babies will never grow up to do.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 18, 2008 12:13 PM