Abortions are Not Decreasing
A quote often attributed to Josef Stalin regarding counting:
“It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”
Well, the same holds true for who is counting, and how, when it comes to the number of abortions performed in the US. Just to be clear, abortions have to include not only the mechanical, medical procedure abortions but also those induced by abortifacients (abortion pills). Why, the baby dies in both cases!
There are two major agencies that report the number of abortions. One is our own Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute (GI), which is owned by Planned Parenthood. Ironically, the CDC numbers are usually lower than those of GI! Both agencies have been reporting a reduction in abortions since 2006.
To understand the reduction, you should be aware of the definition of an abortion by the CDC and GI:
“For the purpose of surveillance, a legal induced abortion is defined as an intervention performed by a licensed clinician (e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy.” While they not that “some” states report “medical” abortions, induced by an abortion pill, the level of this reporting is almost non-existent. PP typically treats abortifacients in the same service as birth control pills.
The other fact that is important is that reporting IS NOT MANDATED BY LAW. In fact, California, New Hampshire and other states do not report at all! From the CDC website, the following statement verifies that this is a volunteer reporting regime:
“States and areas voluntarily report data to CDC for inclusion in its annual Abortion Surveillance Report. CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health prepares surveillance reports as data become available. There is no national requirement for data submission or reporting.”
Year GI Reporting CDC Reporting 2006 1,242,200 846,181 * 2007 1,209,640 827,609 * 2008 1,212,350 825,564 * 2009 1,151,600 789,116 * 2010 1,102,670 765,651 * 2011 1,058,490 730,322 * 2012 1,058,490 ** 699,022 * 2013-15 1,058,490 **
* Excludes NH, CA, and at least one other state
** NRLC projection for calculation
The chart above is misleading as it does not include abortions induced by abortion pills. Many sources claim that 2006 levels have probably been exceeded if abortifacients are included. But, the tracking on the use of abortifacients is non-existent along with the complications associated with abortifacients. There are no good sources of information regarding multiple uses of abortifacients over time nor any information relating to impacts on fertility for young women using abortifacients.
At a minimum, we need to require reporting on both forms of abortions as well as tracking the impacts on women over time. Planned Parenthood and abortion proponents fear that the gathering of statistics and the data would be used to oppose abortions. While that may be one use of the data, it is imperative for women’s health to understand the long-term physical and mental health issues for women.
Obamacare is making both forms of abortion readily available to women. Isn’t it humane to understand the long-term impacts of the procedures and abortifacients?