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NRLC’s “The State of Abortion in the United States” is must reading Part Two of Three

by | Feb 2, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Yesterday, National Right to Life released its ninth annual The State of Abortion in the United States. It is an educational resource of the first magnitude. Besides the first-rate summary produced by NRLC, I added a few words then and a few more today and tomorrow.  The report is that good!

In the Introduction, NRLC President Carol Tobias begins the 76 page report with a terrific overview beginning at the beginning. “Over five decades ago, a movement began to take shape,” she writes. “Doctors and teachers, lawyers and homemakers, men and women of diverse backgrounds, different faiths and opposing political viewpoints all came together united by one common belief: that taking a human life through abortion was anathema to American values. As pro-abortion forces began pushing for changes in state laws, those dedicated pro-life activists rose up and became a powerful voice against those who viewed human life as expendable.”

And now, all these years later, “National Right to Life and its state affiliates have been working to advance state laws that not only protect unborn children and their mothers, but also challenge the core tenants of Roe and Doe. That decades-long strategy has led back to the U.S. Supreme Court as we await a decision later this year in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. That case will decide the fate of Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which seeks to protect an unborn child after 15 weeks — a time when all organ systems are formed and functioning, and the child is simply growing.” [Emphasis added.]

The second section—“United States Abortion Numbers”—help the reader to understand how NRLC can estimate that 63,459,781 abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973. NRLC Director of Education & Research Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon “analyzed data from both the Guttmacher Institute (through 2017), and the CDC (through  2019], and estimated figures for subsequent years (2017-2021).” There is also an in-depth look at how chemical abortions are changing the landscape.

The third section is the most intriguing: “The Post-Roe Landscape.” No one knows with any assurance what the Supreme Court will do with Mississippi’s “Gestational Age Act,” but the media tells us it could be a fundamental change.

This section explains how some states have laws protecting unborn children that predate Roe v. Wade. “Other states have taken steps to pass ‘trigger laws’ that would become effective to protect unborn children in the event of Roe’s reversal. A plurality of states, either by state court decision or legislative action, would allow abortion on demand within their borders.” Still other states laws have nuances of their own.

A fascinating explanation—complete with charts—awaits the pro-life activist.Tomorrow we’ll look  at “The Hyde Amendment: Background and history” and how “pro-abortion groups, seeking a replacement for Roe v. Wade, are now openly joining in the campaign to jam the long-expired 1972 ERA into the U.S. Constitution.”

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