Abortion rates in the US have hit their lowest level since 1973 Roe v. Wade, where a reported 16.3 abortions were carried out for every 1,000 women, according to reports.
Of course the anti-abortion crowd is trying to grab the credit for the lowest abortion rate in decades but let’s look at this logically.
The study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, put the ratio of abortions in 2011 for women between the ages of 15 and 44 at 16.9 abortions per 1,000.
This is a marked difference between 1981 stats, which had abortions spiking to 29.3 for the same amount of women. There is also a decline in overall pregnancies and birth rates.
But the study did not attribute the drop to pro-choice laws or anti-abortion groups and legislation. Conservative groups continue to fuel the abortion debate despite the federal law decriminalizing it more than 40 years ago.
"With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions. We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period," says Rachel Jones, lead author of the study.
This hasn’t stopped another tug of war as anti-abortionists claim their fight and a slew of stringent measures passed by mostly Republican legislatures across several states are responsible for the drop.
Pro-choice advocates say not so fast and think all the credit should go to Roe v. Wade which opened the door for Planned Parenthood and the common place use of the pill.
So who is right?
As I said earlier, let’s dissect this logically.
Yes, women across American have been subjected to a slew of new laws ostensibly aimed at safer health care but they’re are blatant attempts at circumventing Roe vs. Wade.
From North Dakota’s ”personhood” bill passed that ruled life begins at contraception, to Texas, Virginia and North Carolina’s, ultrasound law” recently ruled unconstitutional — conservative groups and politicians have used their ideology to greatly influence legislation.
Permanently closing most abortion clinics in Texas or forcing women to undergo invasive procedures before they can have an abortion, has been the modus operandi of these legislative bodies.
But which do you think would better help women make responsible decisions about their health and reproductive lives: Controlling their right to choose or having access to safe services like sex education, contraception or legal abortions?
Almost 42 years ago, just before abortions became legal, contraception was made legal for single women. We live in a land of fascinating and sometimes devastating contradictions, and while many loudly defend their right to bear arms in the wake of several mass shootings, some in that very vocal crowd are earnestly trying to rewind the hands of progress for women—including affordable access to birth control.
A concentrated group of conservatives have taken to vilifying the poor for being lazy moochers on the government dole while also religiously fighting to defund Planned Parenthood, outlaw abortions and ban contraception via the Affordable Care Act as well as slash Medicaid coverage for the same demographic.
Again, what do you think would empower a young woman more — tell her she should abstain from sex until marriage; tell her she cannot have access to birth control and if she gets pregnant, cannot have access to an abortion if she wants one; and if she is financially strapped, tell her she cannot get any assistance or health care when the fetus becomes a baby?
Or teach her about being responsible for her body, where all the above are options to choose from?
The Republican logic of fighting furiously for the fetus while slapping on the lazy moocher label once that fetus enters the world as another viable human being to be cared for—continues to deeply baffle logical minds.