As national reports show abortions are declining to historic lows across the country, new information from the Pennsylvania health department confirms the Keystone state is a part of that trend.
Abortions have dropped to an all-time low in Pennsylvania, according to 2013 abortion statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Health.
“As abortion centers close and more life-affirming information and resources become available, more women are being empowered to choose life,” said Micaiah Bilger, education director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
In 2013, the number of abortions in Pennsylvania dropped by 7 percent to 32,108, according to the report. The closure of abortion facilities, the assistance offered by pregnancy resource centers and state-of-the-art technology are all playing a role in the decrease in abortion totals in the Commonwealth Bilger said.
“Modern technology is making it easier to see the value of life in the womb and the tragedy of abortion,” Bilger said. “Ultrasounds allow parents to see their baby smiling or sucking his or her thumb, and a new study from the University of Florida showed that preborn babies can learn nursery rhymes in the womb.”
Tragically, however, more women are being harmed by abortions in Pennsylvania. In 2013, abortion complications rose by almost 22 percent, according to the report.
“Women deserve to know the risks of abortion and their alternatives,” Bilger said. “Thanks to Pennsylvania pregnancy resources centers and our state Alternatives to Abortion program administered by Real Alternatives, Inc., more pregnant and parenting moms have access to this information and support.”
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“This is key to ensuring that pregnant and parenting women have access to the support that they and their families deserve,” Bilger said. “We will continue to work so that every woman and her preborn child are protected and valued under the law.”