Since the United States Supreme Court legalised abortion in the 50 states in 1973, the rate of abortions is currently at its lowest level. This is the outcome of a study published by the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion think tank.
The abortion rate has never been so low in the United States
Publié le : 7 February 2014
According to this study, the rate of abortion in 2011 was 16.9 per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, which corresponds to 1.1 million abortions overall. This is the lowest rate since 1973 when 16.3 abortions were performed per 1,000 women.
The study does not analyse the reasons why but makes several suggestions, the first factor being the more efficient use of "high-performance contraceptives". The second is the impact of the economic crisis, which is forcing women to pay greater attention to birth control. At the same time, Rachel K. Jones, who led the study, recognises the fact that this decrease "is not due to a fall in the number of service providers" since the number of professionals and establishments practising abortions has hardly diminished.
Carol Tobias, President of a renowned pro-life movement commented as follows: "We are very happy that the number of abortions is continuing to decline over the years". But she does not share the conclusions of the Guttmacher think tank, when it claims that this reduction in abortions is not linked to restrictive state legislation.
This study has been published at a time when contraceptives and abortion are at the heart of intense debate in the United States. This year the Supreme Court must give its ruling on the conscientious objection of medical personnel within the scope of the ObamaCare programme.