The abortion rate in the U.S. reached its peak in 1981, with 6.97 per 1,000 members of the population. In 2012, it was 3.38 per 1,000 people (3). This is an astounding shift. In two decades, the abortion rate was cut in half.
Randall O'Bannon, a National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund director, says pro-life pregnancy centers have played a key role in reducing abortion rates. Statistics from the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life found that most women who abort their babies do so because they think having a baby would interfere with responsibilities or be too expensive (4). Pregnancy centers committed to preserving life encourage adoption instead of abortion, and provide financial and educational assistance.
A pro-life shift in American culture is more difficult to measure, though some try to do so through public opinion polls. The percentages generally hover around the middle on both sides. However, one 2015 CNN poll found that 58 percent of Americans thought that abortion should be illegal in most circumstances (5).
The fight to end abortion is challenging, but the tide is turning. Pro-life efforts are producing tangible results. As Cicero put it, "While there's life, there's hope."
2. “U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Record Low: CDC.” MedlinePlus. 11 Dec. 2015. 16 Feb. 2016. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_156183.html>
3. “United States abortion rates, 1960-2013.” Dr. Wm. Robert Johnston. Last modified 28 Nov. 2014. 16 Feb. 2016. <http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/graphusabrate.html>
4. “United States Abortion Statistics.” Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. 17 Feb. 2016. <http://www.mccl.org/us-abortion-statistics.html>
5. “CNN Poll: America Becoming More Pro-Life, 58% Oppose All or Almost All Abortions.” Dave Andrusko. 14 Sep. 2015. 17 Feb. 2016. <http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/14/cnn-poll-america-becoming-more-pro-life-58-oppose-all-or-almost-all-abortions/>