Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision making abortion legal in the United States. Since 1973 over 50 million children have been aborted.
There is some good news in that abortion rates have lowered to levels not seen since the 1970s.
A new study shows the rate of abortions is the lowest since 1974, the year after the high court’s Jan. 22, 1973, decision striking down state laws that made the procedure illegal. In addition, the overall number of abortions has plunged 25 percent since 1990, when the number of legal U.S. abortions peaked at 1.6 million, according to a survey released yesterday by abortion-rights researchers, the Guttmacher Institute.
Although the study’s authors do not directly correlate state laws with the drop in rates, advocates on both sides of the abortion debate consider state restrictions one of the underlying reasons for the decline.
I thought that it would be appropriate to launch a series of blog posts called Against Abortion today. In this series of posts I would like to explore a biblical framework for the pro-life movement as, I believe, there is some confusion among Christians today. I would also like to look at common pro-choice questions/arguments that are made. Also I want to explore ways that Christians, in particular, can engage this issue through non-political means. Since many of us live is states where there is a political deadlock I would also like to suggest ideas for legislation that could, if states haven’t already adopted it, garner bi-partisan support.
I hope that you will contribute to this discussion, I’d love to read your comments.