John Stonestreet is President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and radio host of BreakPoint, a daily national radio program providing thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.
A recent report from the Guttmacher Institute contained very good news: In 2017, the abortion rate fell to its lowest point since Roe v. Wade was decided. The report also contained some not-so-good news: The pro-life gains Christians often talk about are probably “exaggerated.”
At least that’s the word LifesiteNews used, and though it may not be what we want to hear, it’s what we need to understand if we are ever going to create a culture of life.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, between 2014 and 2017 the number of abortions dropped by seven percent. To put this into perspective, the abortion rate is now less than half of what it was in 1980, the peak year for abortions.
Still, according to the Guttmacher Institute, there is no “clear evidence” that links the decline in abortions to the several hundred targeted legal restrictions on abortion providers (also known as TRAP laws) that have been enacted this decade, including those that even resulted in shutting down abortion clinics.
Of course, we wouldn’t expect the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute to give any credit to laws they consider immoral. Still, Sarah Quale of the Personhood Alliance believes that Guttmacher’s read on this data is accurate.
In her article at LifeSite, Quale agrees that claims about the impact of TRAP laws on abortion numbers are not supported by the data. Ironically, Quale also points out that the same data also contradicts pro-abortion claims that restrictions on abortion equal “limited access to the abortion procedure.” As she puts it, “the ‘war on women’s health,’ is simply a political fundraiser.”
Here’s the punchline: Nearly 60 percent of the reduction in abortions occurred in states that did not adopt new restrictions on abortion. Even states like California and New York that took steps to increase access to abortion saw declines in abortion rates. Meanwhile, “several states with newly passed restrictions, like Mississippi, actually had abortion rate increases.”
And there was no clear relationship between clinic closures and the decline in abortion rates either. While abortion rates declined in virtually every state that lost abortion clinics, the same is true of states that added clinics.
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Source: Christian Headlines