by Steven Ertelt
March 14, 2006
Salem, OR (LifeNews.com) — Abortions in Oregon are down to their lowest levels since 1998, having decreased 20 percent between then and 2004, the latest year from which state data is available. Abortion advocates say contraception is the cause but pro-life groups say educational efforts take the credit for the decrease.
The Oregon Department of Human Services reported 14,344 abortions in 1998, but that number decreased to 11,443 abortions in 2004.
The report finds that a rising number of women are opting to have abortions with the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, which has been responsible for the deaths of five women nationwide and injuring more than 850 others. Some 39 percent of Oregon women use the mifepristone abortion pills while the rest have surgical abortions.
Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life says the increased availability of ultrasounds and the rise in the number of centers offering abortion alternatives has helped lower the abortion figures.
Oregon has one of the oldest abortion laws in the nation, having legalized it in 1969, four year before the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision nullifying pro-life laws in the rest of the states.
Because Oregon has a similar pro-abortion climate to other west coast states like California and Washington, it doesn’t have the benefit of laws like parental notification and Right to Know provisions that help women avoid abortions. Still, abortions are on the decline.
Despite the decline, Nancy Bennett, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, which runs abortion businesses in numerous cities across the state, told the Associated Press she laments that more places for women to have abortions are not available outside the I-5 corridor.
However, Oregon Right to Life is working to make sure the abortion decline continues and has begun the Committee to Protect Our Daughters initiative that would put a parental notification measure on the state ballot.
The pro-life group has until July 7 to collect 75,630 signatures needed to qualify the measure, which had difficulty getting approved in the state legislature.
Related web sites:
Oregon Right to Life – https://www.ortl.org