Friday, January 21, 2011

State of the Union on Abortion

I received the information below in a recent email from Maryland Right to Life. It is so striking that I think it needs to be shared especially as many people head to Washington, DC on Monday.

"Maryland Abortion Rate Declines Slightly; Abortion Still Far from Rare
The infamous mantra since the 1990s has been “safe, legal, and rare.” However, recent statistics, even from pro-abortion sources, continue to disprove the mantra.

New York City made the headlines recently when it was announced that over 40 percent of all pregnancies in the city ends in induced abortion.

New data recently released by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, formerly the research arm of Planned Parenthood, show that in 2008, Maryland moved from third to fourth place in terms of abortion rate (the number of abortions per 1,000 women age 15 to 44). Maryland‘s abortion rate ranks fifth if Washington, D.C., is considered.

There were 34,290 abortions in Maryland in 2008 and a total of 34 abortion providers in Maryland. Its abortion rate was 29, about 48 percent higher than the national abortion rate of 19.6.

The number of abortions actually increased Maryland since 2005 (the year of the last Guttmacher report), but the abortion rate declined from 31.5 to 29. The number of abortion providers also declined; in 2005 there were 41.

The 2005 report howed only New York and New Jersey with higher abortion rates than Maryland. In the 2008 report, Delaware surpassed all three states as its abortion rate shot up 39 percent, from 28.8 to 40.

Maryland was one of 23 states with a declining abortion rate, possibly due in part to the decline in the number of abortion providers. The abortion rate increased in 26 states and remained the same on one.

Maryland‘s high abortion rate is not surprising considering the lack of protective laws in Maryland, where abortions can be performed on demand with no consideration for the impact on the life of the unborn or the woman.

Maryland also has a relatively dense population, so most women are able to obtain an abortion nearby. Maryland’s large racial minority population also is a factor in Maryland’s high abortion rate, as abortion rates tend to be significantly higher among Black and Hispanic women."

Check out this website to find out more about your state: What are you doing to help protect the unborn?

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