Abortion businesses are expanding in some states even though abortion rates are falling and more women are choosing life for their unborn babies.
While the overall number of abortion clinics is down across the United States, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute shows that the abortion industry is expanding in liberal, pro-abortion states. The pro-abortion site Rewire reports at least eight states saw an increase in the number of abortion facilities between 2011 and 2017.
They include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington.
In Maine, 17 new facilities began doing abortions via telemedicine, according to the report. Webcam, or telemedicine, abortions mean a woman never sees a doctor in person. Instead, she chats with the abortionist over a webcam before being given drugs to kill her unborn child.
New York gained an additional 19 abortion facilities, and New Jersey added 17, while Massachusetts saw seven new abortion clinics open in the six-year time period, according to the report. Oregon and California each added one abortion facility, but California soon will be expanding abortions even more by forcing every public college campus to provide them free to students.
The news is troubling for pro-life advocates and the rights of unborn babies, but it is only a small part of a larger picture. That picture shows a steady decline in abortion rates – including in states that are trying to promote and expand abortions.
As Guttmacher, a pro-abortion research group, found earlier this year, abortions dropped to a historic low between 2014 and 2017, the same time period in which these abortion facilities opened. The group reported a 7-percent decline in abortion numbers and a similar decline in the abortion rate.
There were 862,320 abortions reported in 2017, down from 926,200 in 2014, according to the report. The abortion rate also fell to 13.5 per 1,000 women of childbearing age, down from 14.6 in 2014 and 16.9 in 2011.
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Not since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed abortion on demand in 1973 through Roe v. Wade have abortion numbers been so low. And though the abortion industry appears to be trying to reverse the trend, it does not seem to be working.
Overall, a record-number of abortion facilities are closing across the U.S. A recent report from the pro-abortion Abortion Care Network found that almost one third of all independent abortion facilities have closed since 2012. Meanwhile, few new abortion facilities are opening.
The pro-life organization Operation Rescue also tracks abortion facility openings and closures. Its report, published earlier this year, found a similar trend. According to its research, 40 abortion facilities closed or stopped doing abortions in 2018. The total number of abortion facilities in the U.S. was 697 at the time of publication.
The abortion industry has been shrinking rapidly since the 1990s. According to Operation Rescue, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in 1991.
Even abortion activists admit that pro-life efforts are saving lives. Through laws, pregnancy resource centers, educational efforts, sidewalk counseling and more, pro-life advocates are helping America see that unborn babies are valuable human beings and both they and their mothers deserve human rights.