The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute released its triennial abortion statistics report last week, and the survey of abortionists had some good news for the pro-life movement. The U.S. abortion rate decreased by 8 percent—to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women between 2014 and 2017. The overall number of abortions also went down from 926,190 in 2014 to 862,320 in 2017.
The numbers, however, showed the continuation of a dreadful trend: As overall abortion rates declined, the number of drug-induced abortions skyrocketed. In 2001, 5 percent of abortions were drug-induced, while the rest were surgical. By 2014, “medication abortions” made up 29 percent of the total, and in 2017 they jumped to 39 percent.
“The rise in so-called medication abortion should concern us all as it reveals the abortion industry’s increasingly successful effort to cut the overhead costs of surgical abortion while still profiting off the destruction of unborn children,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute. He pointed out that drug-induced abortions also have a higher rate of injury for mothers.
The Guttmacher report found that the number of abortion facilities in the United States declined by 5 percent over three-years. Much of that decrease came from hospitals’ deciding not to perform abortions anymore. In California, 114 hospitals that provided abortions in 2014 had stopped by 2017.
Guttmacher collects its data by surveying abortionists, so its numbers include estimates for facilities that don’t respond. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also collects abortion reports from state health departments, but California, Maryland, and New Hampshire don’t participate. While the CDC data are more complete for the states that report in, the Guttmacher Institute includes numbers from abortion-heavy California. —L.L.