Abortion Rates are Down. Abortion Methods Have Changed

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:47
Submitted by Carlin Ross

According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion rates are down across the board in the US. In fact, they're at the lowest rate since 1973 when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade.

What wasn't exactly clear was why abortion rates have dropped. There's no doubt that states have been busy limiting women's right to choose with mandatory sonograms, waiting periods and consent requirements. And let's not forget how easy it is for states to pass laws requiring doctors working at clinics to have hospital privileges or requiring clinics to comply with hospital building codes.

Today, 87% of US counties don't have a clinic. It's hard to argue that Operation Rescue hasn't driven clinics out of business.

The small glimmer of light I saw is that the method of abortions has changed. Today, 1 in 4 abortions is by pill...no anesthesia or risk of infection or infertility. I had two abortions by the pill. You take one pill orally and then insert two pills into your vagina the next morning. You get a super heavy period for two to three days and then it's all over. It's such a different experience than a surgical abortion. You feel totally in control and relieved at how uneventful the process is in the comfort of your own home.

I'm bolstered by the idea that women are able to avail themselves of a safe method of abortion for less money and little risk. In the end, it should be about women's health and happiness.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson