The death of even one baby from abortion is one too many, but there is a great reason for pro-life advocates in Iowa to celebrate. New figures from the Hawkeye State show the number of abortions on babies there have dropped just under 50% over the last ten years. That’s tens of thousands of unborn babies who would have otherwise been killed in abortions had the figures stayed the same every year.
Jenifer Bowen of Life Right Action provided the new data to LifeNews. In 2007, there were 6,648 unborn babies killed. In 2016, 3,722 babies lost their lives to abortion. That’s almost a 50 percent decline.
“Abortion rates in Iowa have been steadily ticking down for ten years and counting,” she said.
What factors play into this decrease?
As Bowen relates: “Certainly there are many — educational outreaches by pro-lifers, the growth of pregnancy resource centers — ultrasound technology and social media certainly play no small part in educating us on the humanity of unborn children. Further, in recent years we have begun to see life-saving legislation finally become law. There are so many reasons why LIFE is again winning in Iowa.”
“I submit there is one reason that rises above all others. Women, often faced with seemingly innumerable obstacles, are choosing life for their children. They are rejecting the lie that to be successful in life they must end the life of the tiny child growing inside their womb. We applaud their courage,” Bowen continued. “We cannot know if this is an all-time low as Iowa did not track abortion statistics prior to 2004. With abortion thrust on our nation in 1973 via Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, there is no way to quantify how many babies lost their lives in Iowa.”
Bowen said her group is conducting more research on the whys and wherefores behind the abortion decline.
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“In the coming weeks, we will take a deeper look at these numbers. For today, we will rejoice that an increasing number of women are rejecting abortion,” the Iowa pro-life leader said.
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