Communications Department

Statement of Carol Tobias

Jan 21, 2015 | 2015 Press Releases

Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized unrestricted abortion on demand 42 years ago in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, more than 57 million unborn children have lost their lives. Each one of those abortions is a tragedy, not just because an innocent child died, but because of the lasting impact the abortion itself had on the mothers of those children.

Following the Court’s decisions on January 22, 1973, the right-to-life movement has worked tirelessly to enact laws that protect unborn children and offer support and life-affirming alternatives to their mothers. Those laws are having a tremendous impact.

In February 2014, the Guttmacher Institute (originally founded as a special research arm of Planned Parenthood), reported that for 2011, the annual number of abortions had dropped to 1.058 million—550,000 fewer than the peak of more than 1.6 million reached in 1990. It’s also the lowest annual number of abortions since 1975. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed this downward trend with its November 2014 release of state reporting data. The CDC also saw lower abortion rates and ratios.

All of this is welcome news and confirms what we have long known: pro-life education and legislative efforts are helping make an impact on our culture and in the lives of women facing unexpected pregnancies.

Abortion remains widely available, but any woman seeking an abortion knows someone close to her who would encourage her not to kill her baby. And after years of being told that abortion was “the best choice” or “their only choice,” women are learning that there are alternatives to abortion that affirm their lives and the lives of their children.

This second annual “State of Abortion in the United States” looks at where we are on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. In preparing the report, we’ve found that while the numbers are certainly encouraging, we still have a long way to goin our battle to protect mothers & their children.

However, we know that we will ultimately be successful, because at our core as a society, we know the immutable truth: killing unborn children is wrong.

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