The Guttmacher Institute has released remarkable statistics on pregnancy, birth, and abortion in the United States from 1973–the year abortion on demand was legalized in our nation–through 2017.
Long story short: abortion rates are on the decline in the United States.
The abortion rate for women aged 35 – 39 fell by 8.5% from 1980 to 2017.
Remarkably, the abortion rate for teen girls aged 15 -19 plummeted by more than 82%. Why? Partly because more of these young women are choosing life for their unborn babies–in no small part due to parental involvement laws.
Since 1980, nearly 40 states have enacted parental protection laws requiring minor girls either notify their parents or receive permission from their parents before getting an abortion. More than a dozen academic studies have shown that parental involvement laws lower the incidence of abortion among minors.
And the decreasing teen abortion rate is also due to another surprising statistic: the drastic reduction in the number of teens getting pregnant in the first place.
According to Guttmacher, the teen pregnancy rate peaked in 1990 at 117.6 pregnancies per thousand girls aged 15 – 19. Since 1990, the teen pregnancy rate has declined by 73%.
“The Right to Life League celebrates this visible progress in educating our young people about the realities and responsibilities of sexual activity–and we rejoice in the drastic reduction in the number of abortions across our nation,” says Susan S. Arnall, Esq., Right to Life League Director of Outreach and Engagement.
Life is winning thanks to the persistence of pro-life Americans like you. Thank you for advocating for life! Let’s keep up the great work!