To anyone who’s been paying attention, it’s clear that the pro-life movement is gaining enormous momentum. If you still have any doubts about pro-life progress, you need only glance at Planned Parenthood’s latest press release, responding to data just published by the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s former research arm. According to the Guttmacher Institute, since the beginning of this year over 250 pro-life bills have been introduced in over 41 states. Almost 50% of those bills would ban abortion in “some or all circumstances,” says the organization.
According to Planned Parenthood’s analysis, 7 states have proposed bills that would completely ban abortion, while 6 states are considering or have passed “trigger bans” that would ban abortion if or when Roe v. Wade is repealed. Other encouraging news from the Guttmacher Institute’s report is that 6 states have only a single abortion facility left and are on the verge of eliminating surgical abortions altogether even without passing legislation. Statistics show that the number of abortion clinics across the country has plummeted over the last 20 years. In 2018 the total number of abortion clinics in the US fell to 697, a decrease of 79% since 1991.
Many of these closures are due to the successful passage of pro-life legislation. The resultant closure of abortion clinics, coincides with a dramatic decrease in the US abortion rate which reached an historical low in 2015 saving millions of lives. Amidst the hundreds of pro-life bills introduced, a more conservative Supreme Court, a president who seems determined to fulfil his pro-life promises in the face of any amount of backlash, and the release of one of the most successful pro-life movie ever made, Unplanned, the abortion industry in the United States seems set to have one of its worst years since the Supreme Court first passed Roe v. Wade.
That said, pro-lifers should be wary of growing even a little bit complacent. Pro-abortion forces are terrified, and in response they are rallying their supporters and legislative allies to push back…hard. As Planned Parenthood noted in its release, the pro-life bills “have triggered a counter response from constituents and reproductive health care champions”. This, in part, explains the glut of attempts (some of which have been successful) to pass laws enshrining the most extreme versions of legal abortion in states like New York and Virginia.
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