Economy and Abortion Rates
For those few die-hards who say abortion rises and falls with the strength of the economy, data for rates during the Bush administration have been published- and by theAlan Guttmacher Institute, PP's own.
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) has published a new report which demonstrates that, contrary to several claims made in the last year, abortion rates in the US have continued their decline under the Bush administration. What the AGI report shows is that... under Bush the abortion rates have continued their two-decade long decrease. Between 2001 and 2002 the AGI estimates a decrease of .9% in the abortion rate.
As it has been said, many times before, there doesn't seem to be any correlation between abortion rates and the man in the White House. A good or bad economy doesn't seem to be affecting the rates.
I would, however, like to know what the other factors are. I would imagine contraception, primarily the pill and other hormonals, like the patch or the depo-Provera shot (yay, hormones AND steroids, for sustainable release!) contribute to the efficency rates, since those are once a week/month/6mo, etc. Less administration = fewer chances to mess up and end up pregnant, (remember, children are such bad and evil things in today's world). If anyone knows of a way to acertain the impact the pro-life movement and its verious ministries, let me know! I think they have had a significant impact in this as well. I hope I see the overturn of Roe v. Wade in my lifetime, and that society will realize how horrifying abortion really is. The only thing that these numbers do not include are those children aborted by contraceptive means such as hormonal concoctions like the pill, or IUD's, etc.
Ok, here are the stats by PP's pet non-profit org, and a note about them: Counts of abortions are based on the Guttmacher Institute's survey of abortionists. Guttmacher is a strongly pro-abortion organization. Their counts are typically about 10% higher than government figures, because they are based on direct reporting by friendly organizations, while the government numbers come indirectly through state health departments, with varying degress of vigor in pursuit of complete numbers.
Note that in '98, the CDC stopped tracking numbers in some states. Abortions from AK, CA, NH, and OK arenot counted in '98-99 numbers, and AK, CA, and NH are still missing from 2000-2001figures- I could not find a graph including those years, however.]
And yes, all of these were printscreened and cropped!