The number of women having abortions in the U.S. continues to fall, according to a new government report released earlier this week. Though the recent numbers aren’t exactly “new”—they are from 2012—they do highlight a somewhat significant trend: The abortion rate in America has been falling for the last 25 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 699,000 abortions were performed that year; though that number may sound high, it’s actually a 4 percent drop from 2011. The abortion rate in 2012 was only half as high as it was in 1974, the year Row v. Wade was decided. Data from AP also suggests that since 2012, the number of abortions in the U.S. has continued to fall. Discuss
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson wants to see almost all abortions be made illegal. In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Carson—who is closely trailing Donald Trump in most polls—said that he would “love” to see Roe vs. Wade overturned. The 1973 Supreme Court decision ultimately led to the legalization of abortion throughout the United States. He said that he would like prohibitions against abortions to be sweeping, and not include exceptions for rape and abortion, explaining, “I would not be in favor of killing a baby because the baby came about in that way.” He did said that in the “extraordinarily rare situation” in which an abortion must take place to potentially save the life of the mother, “I believe there’s room to discuss that.”
Carson said, “During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. Anything that they chose to do. What if the abolitionists had said, ‘You know, I don’t believe in slavery. I think it’s wrong, but you guys do whatever you want to do.’ Where would we be?" He later added, “I'm a reasonable person and if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I'll listen.” Discuss
Abortion was a contentious issue long before Roe v. Wade, when the Supreme Court made on-demand abortions widely legal. Since then, political tensions have only escalated. If we continue to hold the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate hostage as a political issue, we will get nowhere.
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The number of abortions in America continues to fall. A new Associated Press survey found that abortions decreased by 12 percent from 2010 to 2015. Overall, abortion rates in the U.S. are at their lowest since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. Read More