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Teens are More Pro-Life and Having Fewer Abortions Than Ever Before
BRAD MATTES MAR 25, 2021 | 6:30PM WASHINGTON, DC
Over time there has been a sharp decline in the number of pregnancies, births and abortions in America.
Those who support abortion are quick to claim that an increase in contraceptive use is responsible, however, the facts don’t support this theory.
The real reason is much more encouraging.
Actually, one of the best sources of data on abortion is the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, originally founded as the research arm of Planned Parenthood. Recently, Guttmacher published statistics on the long-term rates of pregnancies, births and abortions.
Dr. Michael New, an associate scholar at Charlotte Lozier Institute, wrote an eye-popping analysis of the data provided in their report. It’s such good news, I’d like to share some highlights with you.
Between 1980 and 2017 the data shows a long-term, jaw-dropping decline of over 82% in the abortion rate among females 15-19. At the same time, the abortion rate for women 35-39 dropped by only 8.5%. Adding to that impact were over 10% more pregnant females 15-19 who chose life for their babies.
But more importantly, teenagers are now much less likely to become pregnant. After peaking in 1990, the pregnancy rate for girls 15-19 dropped by 73%.
Dr. New credits the “substantial long-term decline in teen pregnancy” to the fact that between 1988 and 2015, more teens avoided sexual activity – 22% more boys and 9% more girls.
This is great news, worthy of headline coverage across the nation! However, it runs counter to the agenda of media gatekeepers who perpetuate a scheme of additional tax funding for Planned Parenthood and their failed programs.
Why the decline?
Teens and young adults are more pro-life than the generations before them. My own observation supports this reality. When I started attending the March for Life in the late seventies in my early twenties, young people were in a distinct minority. Now, easily two-thirds of the marchers are 25 and younger.
This young tour de force is a significant reason we are on the winning side. But it didn’t happen overnight. It is in part due to the consistent, dedicated effort to educate all Americans to the stunning beauty of the unborn child, juxtaposed with the dark and deadly reality of abortion. That’s why Life Issues Institute’s mission is to provide pro-life educational tools to the movement and public at large. We now reach over 18-million people each week with effective pro-life messaging.
Dr. New agrees, and he rightfully points out that in addition to pro-life education, the passing of state legislation that protects both mother and her unborn child, as well as the efforts of pregnancy help centers turn more heads and hearts toward LIFE.
Our focused strategy is winning. That’s why we need your continued prayers and financial resources to reach our ultimate goal of ending legal abortion in America.
LifeNews.com Note: Bradley Mattes is the President of Life Issues Institute, a national pro-life educational group.
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