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As Nation Observes Roe Anniversary, Right-to-Life Movement Committed to Success in 2016

Jan 22, 2016 | 2016 Press Releases

WASHINGTON – As right-to-life activists gathered across the country to observe the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s twin decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton legalizing abortion in America, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, noted the promise of further pro-life gains in 2016.

“Recent legislative gains, coupled with increasingly pro-life public opinion and data suggesting the annual number of abortions continues to decline, gives the right-to-life movement hope for further success in 2016,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “As the November election approaches, the right-to-life movement stands ready to protect our pro-life majorities in Congress and elect a pro-life president.”

As detailed in National Right to Life’s report, “The State of Abortion in the United States,” released last week, recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that the annual number of abortions continues to decline. The most recent CDC report, released in November 2015, found that in the 47 jurisdictions that volunteered data, there was a 4.2% drop in the number of abortions from 2011 to 2012.

“Even after seven years of pro-abortion policies from the Obama Administration, the right-to-life movement is making tremendous gains on behalf of mothers and their unborn children,” said Tobias. The entire right-to-life movement remains committed to restoring legal protection to unborn children and helping their mothers.”

The report also provides analysis of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s annual report, which covers a one-year period ending June 30, 2015. National Right to Life’s analysis finds that while the nation’s largest abortion provider performed slightly fewer abortions than the previous year, their abortion business is still a major cornerstone of their billion dollar empire.

The Planned Parenthood annual report covers the period ending just before videos from The Center for Medical Progress surfaced that exposed the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts, often involving Planned Parenthood affiliates.

“Planned Parenthood continues to dominate the abortion industry and reminds us that Roe’s legacy is a sad commentary on our society’s attitudes toward women and their unborn children,” added Tobias. “In our society, no mother should ever feel like abortion is her only option and no unborn child should ever be considered ‘expendable’.”

 National Right to Life’s “The State of Abortion in the United States” report is available from the National Right to Life Communications Department here:

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, 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.