1.6 million abortions were performed every year in the 1980s

In the 1980s, abortion was more common than it is today. One source in 1989 wrote:

“It is indisputable that abortion has become embedded in American society. Some 1.6 million abortions are performed each year; thus, 30% of all pregnancies in this country are voluntarily terminated. This places the United States near the top of industrialized nations in the percentage of aborted pregnancies. In Canada, the figure is 14%. In the Soviet Union, where contraceptive technology is often ineffective and not widely available, the rate soars to 68% of pregnancies.”

The San Diego Union – Tribune, May 7, 1989

Quoted in Oliver Trager Abortion: Choice & Conflict (New York: Facts on File, 1993) 15

The many pro-life laws enacted since 1989 may play a role in the decreased number of abortions committed today.

Preborn baby at 7-8 weeks after conception, 9-10 weeks LMP
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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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