Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fewer Abortions?....1.2million/yr is fewer?

So I'm reading through this article this morning; "Number of abortions lowest in decades" and I'm thinking "This is good news!". "Actually this is great news!"

The number of abortions being performed in the United States has dropped to 1.2 million a year - the lowest level since 1976, according to a new report.
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But when I do some quick mental math: Let's see 1.2 Million abortions a year. That's 1,200,000.000 divided by 12 months in a year = 100,000 abortions in the nation a month. Then, 100,000 divided by 4 weeks in a month = 25,000 abortions a week (wow). Then 25,000 divided by 7 days in a week = approximately 3,571 abortions a day.

That's like a 9/11 event everyday.

Then the article goes on to say: At the same time, the long decline in the number of abortion providers appears to be stabilizing, at least in part because of the availability of the controversial abortion pill RU 486, the report found.

"It could be more women using contraception and not having as many unintended pregnancies. It could be more restrictions on abortions, making it more difficult for women to obtain abortion services. It could be a combination of these and other dynamics," said Rachel Jones of the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health research organization publishing the report in the March issue of the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

... Jones noted the introduction of the French abortion pill RU 486, now more commonly known as mifepristone. The drug, which was approved in 2000, allows women to terminate their pregnancies without the need for a surgical procedure.

So don't we think that any change in the recorded number of abortions could be that those who use this pill are not reporting the abortion? Along with the more usage of contraception, the availability in schools.... I have a hard time thinking this is really a reduction in abortions at all.

... Mmmmm

"We found that there were providers who previously didn't offer surgical abortions and are now only providing early medical abortions," Jones said. "If it wasn't for those providers, the number of providers would have declined by far more."

Please don't write this issue off as a non-election year issue. For the candidates, if you can't stand up for these innocent ones (babies) I don't think I can trust you to stand up for all the other important issues.

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