Communications Department

National Right to Life Pleased with Drop in U.S. Abortion Rate

Sep 18, 2019 | 2019 Press Releases, Abortion, Planned Parenthood, Press Releases

WASHINGTON–Today, The Guttmacher Institute (the former special affiliate of Planned Parenthood) released its survey regarding abortions in the United States. According to the report, the number of abortions in 2017 (the most recent year numbers are available) is the lowest since abortions were legalized in 1973.

“While it is encouraging to see the number of abortions drop to 862,320, we are deeply saddened by the loss of life,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “Since 1973, more than 61 million unborn children have died as a result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions.”

According to the report, the abortion rate in 2017 was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. The number of abortions reached a high of 1.6 million in 1990 and has steadily declined since that year.

While abortion numbers have decreased, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is performing over one-third of all abortions—pulling in over $1 billion annually for the abortion behemoth.

“The pro-life movement’s efforts to educate Americans about the humanity of the unborn child and pass protective pro-life legislation are having an impact and our nation is moving away from the deadly U.S. Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton,” stated Tobias.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.