According to a Tuesday report by Guttmacher Institute, the national rate of abortions has reached an historic low. Specifically, the abortion rate is at its lowest since Roe v. Wade was formally established in 1974, with 926,200 abortions counted in 2014. Data from 2015 and 2016 has yet to become available. Unfortunately, this victory is destined to be short-lived, as the progressive policies that sharply cut unwanted pregnancies, and, thus, the need for abortions, are about to be rolled back by Paul Ryan’s Congress and the Trump-Pence administration.
As I’ve previously noted, Planned Parenthood and anti-choice conservative lawmakers actually have more in common than the latter believe: They both seek to combat abortion rates, but are fighting for this cause through very different means. For example, conservatives try to lower rates of abortion by pushing for unconstitutional, burdensome regulations that make abortion more difficult to access, but, unfortunately for said conservative lawmakers, seldom affect the national abortion rate at all.
On the other hand, in recent years, the dip in unwanted pregnancies and, as a result, abortions, is largely attributed to wider access to contraception. For example, between the anti-choice Bush administration and the pro-choice Obama administration, the rate of abortions dipped from 16 for every 1,000 women to 12.
In defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans in Congress will have no one but themselves to blame when the rate of ~~~baby killing~~~ spikes over the years, since poor women and teenagers will have no access to the sexual health education and reproductive healthcare that the Obama administration recognized as their human right.
At the end of the day, Republicans really have to thank Obama (non-sarcastically) for lowering the abortion rate through the only means that have ever proven successful. Sadly, their woman-hating asses can’t see this now, for whatever reasons, and I’m not going to hold my breath that seeing the numbers after Planned Parenthood loses funding will magically change their minds. After all, when have numbers actually changed a staunch conservative’s mind, especially when ignoring numbers means they can continue subjugating, shaming, and punishing women?