The face of women who have abortions has shifted significantly in the past 30 years, with relatively fewer white childless teenagers and more mothers of color in their 20s and 30s opting to terminate their pregnancies, according to a report being released today.Is that a cause or do values that lead to active pro-life laws also lead to lower abortion rates?
In the first comprehensive analysis since 1974 of demographic characteristics of women who have abortions, researchers found that the overall drop in the abortion rate has been marked by a dramatic shift, declining more among white women and teenagers than among black and Hispanic and older women.
The findings indicate "we need to figure out efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy, not only among teenagers but among all women, and in particularly women of color," she said. "A lot of policymakers are stuck 30 years back when most women getting abortions are teenagers and college students, and that isn't so much the case these days."
"The states with the most active pro-life laws have seen the biggest abortion declines."
A related statistic that I didn't know until my Property prof mentioned it last week is that currently 36.9% of all births in the United States are to unmarried women. I find that incredibly sad.