CDC reports lower abortion rates
Abortion | Changing opinion and alternate options among causes for lower abortion rate
by Angela Lu
U.S. abortions fell 5 percent in 2009, the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to a report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wednesday.
While the exact reasons for the decline are difficult to pinpoint, an Associated Press report attributed the falling numbers to more people using contraceptives like intrauterine devices, condoms, and the “morning-after” pill. It also said the economic recession may have led more women to be more careful because they cannot afford to get pregnant.
But the AP report didn’t mention other factors, like the undeniable growth of the pro-life movement, which draws hundreds of thousand of people-many of them young-to the annual March of Life in Washington, D.C. in March and to other public pro-life events. Pro-life groups are also growing: 40 Days for Life started eight years ago and promotes prayer vigils in 400 cities, while participation in Students for Life has doubled in the past five years.
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