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Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

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    FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington. The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday, Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

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    FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo, August Mulvihill, of Norwalk, Iowa, center, holds a sign during a rally to protest recent abortion bans at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. A new report released Wednesday, Sept. 18, shows that the number and rate of abortions across the U.S. have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Published September 18. 2019 06:26AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.

The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That’s down from 926,000 tallied in the group’s previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million counted for 2011.

Guttmacher is the only entity that strives to count all abortions in the U.S., making inquiries of individual providers. Federal data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention excludes California, Maryland and New Hampshire.

The new report illustrates that abortions are decreasing in all parts of the country, whether in Republican-controlled states seeking to restrict abortion access or in Democratic-run states protecting abortion rights. Between 2011 and 2017, abortion rates increased in only five states and the District of Columbia.

One reason for the decline in abortions is that fewer women are becoming pregnant. The Guttmacher Institute noted that the birth rate, as well as the abortion rate, declined during the years covered by the new report. A likely factor, the report said, is increased accessibility of contraception since 2011, as the Affordable Care Act required most private health insurance plans to cover contraceptives without out-of-pocket costs.

According to the report, the 2017 abortion rate was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 — the lowest rate since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Following that ruling, the number of abortions in the U.S. rose steadily — peaking at 1.6 million in 1990 before starting a steady, still-continuing decline. The abortion rate is now less than half what is was in 1990.

Guttmacher noted that almost 400 state laws restricting abortion access were enacted between 2011 and 2017, but it said these laws were not the main force behind the overall decline in abortions. It said 57% of the nationwide decline occurred in the 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, that did not enact any new restrictions.

Between 2011 and 2017, the number of clinics providing abortion in the U.S. declined from 839 to 808, with significant regional disparities, the report said. The South had a decline of 50 clinics, including 25 in Texas, and the Midwest had a decline of 33 clinics, including nine each in Iowa, Michigan and Ohio. By contrast, the Northeast added 59 clinics, mostly in New Jersey and New York.

Over that period, the abortion rate dropped in Ohio by 27% and in Texas by 30%, but the rate dropped by similar amounts in states that protected abortion access, including California, Hawaii and New Hampshire.

Areas with the highest abortion rates in 2017 were the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Florida. Rates were lowest in Wyoming, South Dakota, Kentucky, Idaho and Missouri — many women from those five states go out of state to obtain abortions .

One significant trend documented in the report: people who have abortions are increasingly relying on medication rather than surgery. Medication abortion, making use of the so-called abortion pill, accounted for 39% of all abortions in 2017, up from 29% in 2014.

The report, which focuses on data from 2017, does not chronicle the flurry of sweeping abortion bans that were enacted earlier this year in several GOP-controlled states, including a near-total ban in Alabama and five bills that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. None of those bans has taken effect; their backers hope that litigation over the laws might eventually lead to a Supreme Court ruling weakening or overturning Roe v. Wade.

Guttmacher’s president, Dr. Herminia Palacio, said abortion restrictions, regardless of whether they lead to fewer abortions, “are coercive and cruel by design,” with disproportionate impact on low-income women.

However, the push for tougher restrictions continues. Just last week, Texas Right to Life and some allied groups urged Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the Legislature to “abolish every remaining elective abortion” in the state.

The report comes amid upheaval in the federal family planning program, known as Title X. About one in five family planning clinics have left the program, objecting to a Trump administration regulation that bars them from referring women for abortions. Title X clinics provide birth control and basic health services for low-income women.

“If your priority is to reduce abortions, one of the best things you can do is make sure that women have access to high-quality, affordable and effective methods of birth control,” said Alina Salganicoff, director of women’s health policy for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Dr. Herminia Palacio was named Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, (NYC), by de Blasio. This Deputy Mayor may claim, abortion restrictions “are coercive and cruel by design,” but I look at these stats, and I see mothers/woman/souls, who have gone through a traumatic life changing event that often has severely scarring impact on their lives. How much of our mental illness could be traced back to our sick ways? We think we are a god. I also see many, many babies that were sacrificed at the alter of that god of "SELF". Selfishness at the expense of another's life... the baby.
Perhaps we all need to put 'Sex" back in to the sacred box in which it ought to remain. It's ought to be something special. But... even this man struggles in that area (an admission). Lust has potential to take us to places we ought not go, but the lure is great. Add some mind altering chemicals, and we end up where we don't really want to be.
Free Love. If it feels good...
"And if you can't be with the one you love, honey
Love the one you're with"
There will be repercussions though.
So to Alina Salanicoff, I say, there is another way to reduce abortions, and that would be for all of us to respect our bodies as something more valuable than we do. Cherish sex and keep it sacred, as God intended it to be. But hey, I'm no degree toting Doctor, I'm just a struggling Ham-n-Egger from Walnutport. A sinner just like the rest.
“Cherish sex and keep it sacred, as God intended“

Where does screwing around with porn stars then paying them off for silence fall on the sacred scale?
I don't look at Trump beyond what he is doing for America NOW!!!!!
Stop it Joe. That hatred you have, is clouding out all good. Did Trump rape you at some point? Is "Joe" a radical feminist? Where does this hatred come from? You obviously support abortion as a feminist. You hate Trump, because he beat a female. You are strange to figure out. I said it before, I'll say it again... I will work out my salvation with fear and trembling, I don't need Joe's input to do that. I appreciate your comments here, but not when you twist things in every and all ways to be an attack. Stick to the story.
Boy I miss the days when evangelicals used to understand that the president has moral leadership responsibility, not just executive. If you want a return to basic morality it starts at the top...young boys in this nation had the president to look at as a role model for being a man....trump being in that seat lowers our expectation of morality.

Trump hasn't done anything that any generic neocon wouldn't have done also. Expect more from a president Mike and lets support a primary challenge from a moral republican.

Your support of this president shows you are part of the reason we have strayed from morality. You are willing to look past immoral behavior for the benefit of political victory. You are right to have fear and trembling.
Come on Joe...
Trumps doing what the majority see as the number one job of the feds. and that is, secure the states by securing the border. In the primary, I was with Carson, but he didn't have the spunk. At this point, we need a fighter, Trump fights well. Ha Ha Ha
Fighting well includes insulting a dead military hero? He fights like a child. Be a Christian for a change and stand up for moral leadership and reject the tribalism that has affected your judgement.
No, right wing bloggers that you believe with a faith bigger than in Christ tell you he isn’t a hero.

Your hero was engaging in the sexual perversion you pretend to be against while McCain sat in a POW camp. Wake up
Come on Joe. It is time you wake up or shut up. As a Sunday School teacher that is as pious as the Pope, you should be aware of forgiveness. You can be as dumb as you want to be on here. I personally don’t care whether you forgive President Trump or not. Human beings are not perfect. You, Joe, serve as an example of human imperfection, as I need to review this over and over again. Intelligence is the ability to overlook certain things for the betterment of other things. You, Joe, have Trump Derangement Syndrome that inhibits you from “waking up”, as you say. You fail to overlook the slightest fault. I am happy when I see a sign like, “Make Unborn BabiesGreat Again”. Isn’t that great that President Trump is helping to save lives, by the thousands? Personal forgiveness is for the immediate family. Unless you are Trump’s wife, that is not your business. Consensual relations between adults have nothing to do with you. You display a fake morality as you support President Obama who used “community organizer” tactics to potentially destroy America. You look past a silent coup as you stick your nose in a dalliance. You are a fraud Joe. You hate Trump because he is better than you. Trump wins every time. Every roadblock you liberals set in his way, either fake or real, gets defeated. Try and impeach Trump for winning. Trump is a fighter...and you and your ilk are bitter losers that are reduced to eating your own sh*t. Keep it up.
Forgiveness from me (and God) requires contrition and repentance. Trump not only has not been contrite, he continues to lie about the things you would have me forgive. Just last week he denied knowledge of payments to his affair partners...even though he is on tape discussing it! He clearly thinks his supporters are stupid...
Did President Obama show contrition & repentance when he tried to ruin America by launching a silent coup? Was it ok when Obama, McCabe, and Comey set up General Flynn and ruined him after 33 years of military service? Were you pious Joe, when recently you refused to denounce those who celebrated the death of Libertarian David Koch? Where were you and your morality then? You failed a test. You have no standards for yourself, yet you hold President Trump to a higher standard. That is what fraud’s do. You, Joe, are a fraud. You deny knowledge all the time. Maybe you should be investigated. Keep it up.
Quick! Change the subject! If there’s anything to damn Obama for, sure knock yourself out and I won’t stand in the way but the subject was trump and continuing to lie...why are you ok with that?
Boy, I miss the days before when mental dysfunction did not factor into politics. Between fake news and fake investigations and fake morality and fake impeachment trials, Trump Derangement Syndrome has taken hold like rabies. Screwed up people, like you Joe, do not have the respect to capitalize the “T” in Trump, as you feign outrage. You never gave President Trump a chance. Instead, you go to any means to sabotage him (and America) using your extreme bias. I support President Trump. America needs a fighter. Pull on Trump’s tail...and you get bit. Perfect! President Trump is the Abe Lincoln of our generation. America is great!
"Mayor Pete Buttigieg broke his silence about the horrific discovery of more than 2,200 fetal remains at the home of a late abortion doctor who practiced in his town."
found this story on the Blaze.
BTW, fetal remains is the way the left describes an aborted baby.
So let’s see if you trumpets are truly patriots. Consider this scenario:

Trump calls the new Ukrainian leader with a quid pro quo offer of $250 million in military in exchange for the prosecution of his main political opponent’s son.

Now I understand this hasn’t been proven but if it were to be the case, will you back impeachment?
“Now I understand this hasn’t been proven but...”
There are many problems with this Joe. To spy on private conversations of the President is illegal. To publish conversations, or accusations, imagined, or not, is a violation. Keep it up Joe. The President, no matter who, may say what he/she wants. This only reveals the level of bias against this President.
As the president acknowledged already, there is always others monitoring conversations with foreign leaders. It is the responsibility of every American to report potential treasonous acts. Stop blaming the person doing their duty.

Again, if this is true is it not an impeachable act? Is it not collusion?
Hey good news, Saudi Arabia gave trump his instructions on how to deploy our military. Who is the commander in Chief anyway?!?!?
Come on Joe. Your glee about “impeachable news” yesterday has evaporated into utter failure...again. Your haste to indite President Trump has revealed your inner bias against him. Now, it looks like Joe and Hunter Biden are the focus of attention and eventual investigations. Looks like fake news bit itself in the a** this time! Ha.
The Commander in Chief has many military advisors. What do you think the Joint Chiefs of Staff is for? It is both shallow and ignorant to think that anyone, let alone a foreign countries advisors, place American arms, as though they are pawns. Certainly, strategic input is welcomed by our allies, such as Saudi Arabia, but, the placement of military forces is a complicated matter beyond your simple understanding. Hundreds of trained military professionals are involved in war gaming scenarios for every possibility. Don’t be a fool Joe. I was involved in war planning, and I must say that America can be proud of this feature and our interactions with foreign countries. Don’t allow your hatred, Joe, to ruin your judgement...once again.
Don’t take my word, take trump’s word;

“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

So trump was waiting to be told who the target is and “what terms we would proceed”. That’s letting SA dictate.

No true American would push a crooked government to dig up dirt on another American.. If the Bidens did something illegal that’s a matter for our own intelligence, not a matter for the president's personal attorney. You are not a true American if you think this is ok.
Come on Joe. When you post garbage like this I wonder how you made it so far through life. Firstly, Saudi Arabia was attacked. This scenario is playing out perfectly for the US, thanks to President Trump. Trump is staying detached and setting the timetable of response. We already know what is going on. Surely, you see this, not? America has no obligation to retaliate. The Saudi’s were the one’s attacked. The Saudi’s are being supplied by the US. This brings the Kingdom closer to the US. The Saudi’s have a weak military establishment for reasons too extensive to mention here. The situation is playing out perfectly for Trump. Iran is desperate. Their reckless attempt to disrupt world oil brought them disfavor throughout the world. The Saudi’s are weak and are brought out of necessity to ally further with the US, as we are their advisors and suppliers of military hardware. Trump set the tone and timetable of a Saudi led response. America may not have to lift a finger to destroy Iran. Perfect! Trump set the table for all of this stuff. The Saudi’s came begging to buy Patriot Missile Batteries to cover an inexplicable open quadrant.
Hillary pushed Russia to dig up dirt on Candidate Trump. Both Joe and Hunter Biden are in a heap of trouble. The State Department sent America’s Mayor Guiliani to do a preliminary. Everything you said is wrong. Keep it up Joe. President Trump is showing traits of a calm, introspective, firm leader, while you, Joe are experiencing a hysterical meltdown.
You are out on an island, both sides believe the saudis should not be able to command our military.

As for Biden, I could care less what happens to him as I do not support him. What I do care about is abuse of power by our president. Our special envoy to Ukraine made an introduction but to say that the state department is behind the “investigation” is a lie. The state department isn’t even an investigative agency. Inviting a foreign nation to criminally charge a rival presidential candidate for your own political gain is treasonous. Being blind to it shows a lack true love for our country. You love trump more than our country
Come on Joe. I go to American Generals for military information, not the media. Maybe that is part of your problem. Support for President Trump is love for our wonderful country. Your common sense has evaporated due to your Trump Derangement Syndrome. Hillary Clinton hired Russians to set up Candidate Trump. That is partially why Hillary should be in jail. As a know-it-all you should be aware of this. Keep it up.
Uh huh. trump goes to Saudi Arabia for advice. Guess that’s the difference.

And who cares about Hillary.

Just another example of the problems with relying on fossil fuels. Every couple years or so we have to serve up American soldiers to preserve our supply. I happen to believe the lives of our soldiers are worth an investment in alternatives. You don’t, I guess that’s the difference.
Actually, Trump Derangement Syndrome accurately fits his followers. Hillary hired Russians...unbelievable gas lighting. Russians hated her because she did her job and fought for human rights through out the world, something Putin loathed. I think you should move to Russia Rambo, seems you would have a place there when Trump builds his Moscow Tower, that is only after the Southern District of New York is done with him.
Hillary Clinton hired the firm FusionGPS that hired Christopher Steele to create what became the “Russian Dossier” which was fake. In spite of bias, Steele was given the task to dig up something on Trump. 4 FISA warrants were forged to further the hoax. From Russia with love, CG! Hillary Clinton was the originator of a silent coup against America. Keep it up CG. Don’t get mad or embarrassed and remove your post in retrospect...keep it up.
Come on Joe. How many solar or wind powered tanks or fighter-planes have you ever seen? There is a reason for that. Fossil fuels will be supplying the bulk of world power for years to come. Thankfully, President Trump has made America energy efficient, therefore reducing our reliance upon the turbulent Middle East. Science is not there yet to rely upon alternatives. Who are you to project my values of American Soldiers? I was in the military for 20 years. Maybe you should talk to your cousins that served and get their opinion before you expose your ignorance. Keep it up.
You may have been in the military (starting to doubt it though) but the Rambo of today would gladly sacrifice our soldiers for trump to score a political win.
Come on Joe. You will never speak for me. You don’t know what you are talking about. Your snarky remarks reveal your ignorance. Ask your cousins that are veterans what it was like to put their life on the line for their country. There is a big difference between putting your life on the line or your mouth. We all know where you are. Keep it up.
Now I recognize your hero worship for President Trump, Joe. I see the envy and respect for a great President and person all throughout your writings. Maybe you can go to the next Trump Rally. For you to see Trump in person would be a dream of a lifetime.

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