Sorry Pro-Lifers: The Guttmacher Report Isn’t Good News

I don’t mean to be a killjoy, but the latest Guttmacher Institute report isn’t good news. While Guttmacher is worried because fewer women had surgical abortions in the USA and some abortion facilities closed, there is a massive, almost incomprehensible, number of innocent babies killed by chemical abortions.

What Does the Report Tell Us?

Guttmacher analyzed 2011-2017 data and found:

  • The number of [surgical] abortions fell by 196,000—a 19% decline from 1,058,000 abortions in 2011 to 862,000 abortions in 2017
  • The abortion ratio (the number of abortions per 100 pregnancies ending in either abortion or live birth) fell 13%, from 21.2 in 2011 to 18.4 in 2017
  • Abortion facilities dropped by a little less than 4%, 839 to 808.

Guttmacher admits they don’t precisely know cause and effect. Like all pro-abortion entities, they complain about women’s right-to-know laws for “imposing coercive waiting periods and counseling requirements.” Of course Guttmacher and abortionists despise waiting periods because waiting periods are designed to give mothers time to change their minds and save their babies’ lives. But one has to infer from the statement below that these laws are having a much bigger impact and, one hopes, they continue to erode abortion clinics across the nation.

Guttmacher states:

When researchers look at the impact of abortion restrictions on clinic numbers, one type of restriction stands out: TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion providers) laws and administrative regulations did reduce the number of clinics providing abortion between 2011 and 2014. During that timeframe, 32 states enacted a total of 394 new restrictions, with the vast majority of these measures having taken effect (that is, they were not struck down by a court).

While 862,000 abortions is still horrific, add to them the chemical abortions.

The Number of ‘Medication’ Abortions Is Devastating

We can know an approximate number of “medication” abortions, otherwise called chemical abortions, and it’s bad news.

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In 2000, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved Mifeprex for combined use with misoprostol for early nonsurgical abortion through the first seven weeks of pregnancy. In 2016, the deadly threat to unborn babies increased because the FDA approved use of these drugs up to 10 weeks of babies’ development in their mothers’ wombs.

In June 2018, the Kaiser Family Foundation said:

Although the overall rate of surgical abortion has continued to decline, the use of medication abortion has greatly increased over the years, and now makes up roughly one-third (32.8%) of all abortions at 8 weeks gestation or less [emphasis ours]. According to Danco Laboratories, the sole drug manufacturer for mifepristone, 2.75 million women in the United States have used Mifeprex since its FDA approval in 2000. Data from the CDC shows that the availability of medication abortion may have played a role in shifting abortion to earlier in the pregnancy when there is lower risk of complications. From 2004 to 2013, reported abortions at 8 weeks gestation or less increased by 4.4%, while abortions performed from 9 to 13 weeks decreased by roughly 10%. In 2014, early medical abortion performed up to 9 weeks gestation accounted for 31% of all nonhospital abortions, and an estimated 45% of all abortions before 9 weeks’ gestation.

Look at that Danco sales figure.

Back in May 2006, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, Committee on Government Reform held a hearing on the perils to women who took Danco’s RU-486. In his opening statement, then-Chairman Mark Souder (R) explained why:

We are here today because there is a drug on the market associated with the deaths of at least 8 women, 9 life-threatening incidents, 232 hospitalizations, 116 blood transfusions, and 88 cases of infection. There are more than 950 adverse event cases associated with RU-486 out of only 575,000 prescriptions, at most. Adverse events are typically under-reported, since they are offered voluntarily by consumers and health care professionals, so it is most likely that there are many more cases that we don’t even know about.

It seems Danco Laboratories paid no penalties for injuries or deaths to mothers who took the drug.

Furthermore, despite long-known damning evidence on RU-486, on April 11 the FDA approved a generic version of the drug.

Did Abortions Really Drop?

The short answer is No. Fewer surgical abortions doesn’t mean mothers had fewer abortions because one still has to add in birth control pills, IUDscontraceptive implants, and so-called emergency contraception. These are abortifacients, meaning they cause abortions – millions of abortions.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “In 2015–2017, approximately 65% of women aged 15–49 were using some type of contraceptive method, while 35% were not currently using a method.” The CDC also sweepingly claims that “Nearly all women use contraception in their lifetimes.”

Even though millions of women use abortion-causing birth control drugs or devices, we should be cautious with the CDC numbers because only 5,554 women and teenagers took their survey. Of the 5,554 respondents, 12% took birth control pills and 10.3% used IUDs or contraceptive implants.

There Are Black Market Abortion Pills Too

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On March 8, the FDA warned two retailers to stop selling abortion pills.

The FDA warned Aid Access, run by Dutch abortionist Dr. Rebecca Gomperts. You might know of Gomperts from her Women on Waves days. In the 1990s, she sailed a boat to countries where abortion was illegal, she committed abortions on that boat, and waged political campaigns to decriminalize abortion. Her efforts eventually led to the tragedy of most Irish voters choosing death for unborn babies in 2018. Now Gomperts and her employees sell RU-486 over the internet from somewhere in Europe and they mail the drugs to Americans from India. On the website, it looks like almost anyone can get away with buying abortion pills. It isn’t clear how they screen customers to make sure they’re really pregnant, they’re not minors, or they’re not angry rapists who intend to drug their victims.

Gomperts gave Aid Access sales data to Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Aiken told NBC News that in their first year, Aid Access got approximately 21,000 requests for abortion pills, and the “requests came from every state and the District of Columbia.” Furthermore, in 2018, “2,581 women received prescriptions from Aid Access for abortion medication, according to a statement from Gomperts’ attorney.” Now Gomperts is suing the FDA for license to sell in the USA.

The FDA also warned a company named Rablon, who might be responsible for taking many more lives than Gomperts. These villains and their enablers sell abortion pills on 84 websites. Again, the potential for selling these drugs to teenagers and sexual predators is extremely dangerous.

In conclusion, the Guttmacher report claiming fewer surgical abortions is nothing to celebrate because one abortion is too many. So please help your family and friends by sharing HLI articles, and vote for true public servants who will help us to save the lives of innocent children.

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About Anita Crane

Anita Crane is an analyst, writer and editor for Human Life International. She earned a B.A. in Catholic Theology from Christendom College and is certified by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Virginia in VIRTUS training called Protecting God's Children. She lives near Washington, D.C. and her background includes working as a promo producer and scriptwriter for the C-SPAN Networks, and working as senior editor of the national pro-life magazine Celebrate Life. She has written many articles about the Catholic stance on faith, human rights, politics, movies, and other media for internet publishers, some with millions of readers.

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