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Two Cheers for the Decline in the Abortion Rate

Let’s not be the kind of people who won’t take “yes” for an answer. It is patently excellent news that the abortion rate has declined. As The Daily Caller notes:

The number of abortions in the U.S. is at a 40-year low, according to a new study published Tuesday by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute.

The report counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, down by 12.5 percent from Guttmacher’s previous survey in 2011, which tallied 1.06 million abortions across the country. Only 14.6 abortions occurred per 1,000 American women between the ages of 15 and 44, which is the lowest rate since abortion was legalized nationally in 1973 by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Of course, the Guttmacher Institute, an offshoot of Planned Parenthood, gives much of the credit to expanded access to contraception — while grudgingly admitting that pro-life legislation has played a role.

First of all, let’s celebrate progress. If the rate of drunk driving had fallen by almost 13 percent in three short years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving — and frankly mothers of teens everywhere — would be doing a merry jig. Abortion is the single ugliest phenomenon in American life, full stop. It turns women against their children, destroys relationships, disproportionately affects the poor and minorities, and — oh, did I forget to mention it, kills more than a million Americans a year. That’s roughly the number of people we allow in as legal immigrants, almost as if we were trying subconsciously to replace those tiny casualties.

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