“Abortion fell five percent nationwide in 2009, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control, which tracks abortion figures nationwide.”
The media has been quick to claim the reason for the decrease in the abortion rate is more widespread use of artificial contraception.
But step back for a moment, does anyone honestly believe that in 2009 women suddenly became much “better” about using artificial contraception compared to the previous year?
Michael New cuts through the spin:
“…most of the mainstream-media coverage of the abortion decline was quick to credit contraception use. The Associated Press story on the abortion decline cited two professors and a Guttmacher Institute analyst. They each credited contraception use, even though they were unable to provide any actual evidence of increased contraception use in 2009. Perhaps unsurprisingly, no one representing a pro-life group was quoted or cited in the article.
Sarah Kliff, writing for the Washington Post’s Wonkblog offered some more-thoughtful commentary. She combs through some research and argues that the decline is due to the fact that women are more likely to use long-acting contraceptives such as IUDs which tend to be more effective. There is some evidence that women have become more likely to use long-acting contraceptives. However, it is unlikely there was a dramatic increase in long-acting contraceptive use in 2009. Furthermore, data from the National Center for Health Statistics indicate that even though the use of long-acting contraceptives has increased since 1995, the percentage of pregnancies that are unintended has actually increased slightly.”
Steven Ertelt of LifeNews lists some additional likely explanations:
“…the trend is that abortions are on the decline thanks to pro-life laws, the work of pregnancy centers and shutting down abortion clinics and practitioners who run afoul of the law.”
Michale New adds one more landmark that was reached in 2009:
“…The CDC data indicate that the percentage of pregnancies resulting in abortion fell slightly in 2009. Furthermore, according to Gallup, 2009 was the first year that a majority of Americans self-described as “pro-life.” Unsurprisingly, this fact has been all but ignored by the mainstream media.”
The mainstream media, meanwhile, didn’t bother to notice that its own claims that a bad economy would spike the abortion rate don’t appear to hold much water anymore. LiveActionNews has a helpful blog post on this unsurprising media amnesia.
What’s the takeaway here? The pro-life movement is working, plain and simple. (And pro-life politics are not a waste of time, as I argued last week.)
And we need to continue fighting to convert the culture every single day.
Now would be a good time to start making your pro-life resolutions for 2013. How are you going to help advance a culture of life in your neighborhood and nationally?