Abortion numbers decline; Abortion funding cut
Abortions, clinic numbers continue decline
May 2019 – From 2012 to 2018, the total number of abortion clinics in the U.S. decreased by 159, leaving the total number of U.S. abortion clinics at 697. Of that 697, 467 are surgical clinics, and 230 are non-surgical clinics that provide the “abortion pill.” While total numbers sound positive, it is not a good sign that abortion-pill providers increased by 17 clinics (from 213 to 230) in 2018 alone.
From a longer perspective, in 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in the country. The current number – 467 – represents a 79% decrease over the 27 years.
Incidentally, the number of abortions reported in 1991 was 1,388,937, compared to approximately 881,000 in 2017, a 37% decrease.
Though abortion numbers are down overall, and the total number of abortion clinics continues to decrease, the prevalence of non-surgical abortion-pill clinics is creeping up. (See Unplanned movie review here to learn more about abortion pill procedures and the reality of their use.)
New poll shows significant pro-life shift
May 2019 – A February Marist survey of over 1,000 adults revealed that Americans made a sudden and dramatic shift toward a pro-life position in the aftermath of publicized pushes toward late-term abortion in states such as New York and Virginia.
Founded in 1978, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion has conducted the independent research on public priorities, elections, and a wide variety of social issues that reflect the pulse of the nation. The survey found that 47% of Americans now identify as pro-life. The same number are pro-abortion (survey used the word pro-choice). A month earlier, the same poll found that only 38% identified as pro-life.
Among subgroups (not reflected in the chart) Democrats and young adults led the shift. Previously, Democrats identified as 20% pro-life, compared to 34% in the most recent poll. The position of Americans under age 45 (regardless of political affiliation) moved from 28% pro-life to 47% pro-life.
HHS cuts abortion funding
May 2019 – On February 22, the Trump administration finalized a rule cutting Title X family planning funds to clinics that provide or refer for abortions.
The HHS fact sheet concerning the rule, established in 1970, states, “From the start, Congress was clear that Title X funds cannot be used to support abortion.” However, Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion provider in the country, has been receiving $60 million of Title X funds annually.
Under the rule, known as the Protect Life Rule, no funds are provided without “clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning.” In addition, the rule prohibits “referral for abortion as a method of family planning. [It] does not bar nondirective counseling on abortion, but eliminates the requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling
The new rule was set to take effect 60 days from the date published in the Federal Register.
According to Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, the Title X program, which disperses $286 million annually, will now offer a wider range of services, life-affirming options, and better regulatory oversight at federally qualified health centers, which outnumber abortion centers 20 to 1.
The new rule does not, however, affect Planned Parenthood’s and other abortion clinics’ ability to file claims and receive payment from Medicaid – also taxpayer funds.
World’s smallest baby – 9.45 ounces – now 7 pounds
May 2019 – An infant in Tokyo, born in August 2018 via emergency C-section at just 24 weeks gestation, was finally released from Keio University Hospital on February 20. The baby’s official birthweight was 9.45 ounces, making him the smallest surviving baby boy in the world – a record previously held by a child born in Germany in 2009, weighing just 9.6 ounces.
Doctors determined the preterm birth was necessary when they discovered the baby was not gaining weight and his life was in danger. Since his birth he had been carefully monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit, where he had grown to just over seven pounds at the time of his discharge.
The physician who treated the tiny baby, Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu, said, “I want people to know that babies can return home vigorous even if they are
stream.org, 3/1/19; foxnews.com, 2/27/19