AP reports "that in more liberal states such as Washington, New York and Oregon, abortions have declined" as much as in those states with more restrictive abortion laws.
The same AP survey shows abortions are down about 12% nationwide.
What's the point of the AP story?
Planned Parenthood says the reason is because of their "give a condom to every kid, every time" program.
Pro-life leaders are saying "not so fast, Ms. Richards." It's not your condoms.
*******Associated Press says Washington State---a liberal state, has seen a drop in the number of abortions from 21,124 in 2010 to 17,592 in 2013.
Follow-up to yesterday's article regarding Rachel Dolezal. She has resigned as head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
Why the decline in abortions?
And why did Associated Press publish this story? Why did the Seattle Times republish it? The record of both news organizations is pretty clear, they are not necessarily advocating for fewer abortions. In fact, the Seattle Times editorial board regularly refuses to endorse any political candidate, regardless of how highly qualified, who is pro-life, labeling them "anti-choice", "anti-woman" or simply out of step with mainstream Washington State.
AP says, "Advocates for abortions rights said the figures demonstrate that restrictive laws are not needed to reduce the number of abortions significantly. That can be achieved, they said, by helping more women obtain more affordable, effective contraception, including long lasting options such as IUDs and hormonal implants."
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, America's abortion industry leader, says that's right. "Better access to birth control and sex education are the biggest factors in reducing unintended pregnancies."
Ms. Richards says this proves, "More restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the need for abortions."
Her memo to the pro-life movement appears to be: "Close up shop, pregnancy centers. Lawmakers- stop spending your time and taxpayer money on all these anti-abortion laws. And to those of you who pray outside our abortion clinics---you may leave, we are the answer to your prayers, because we are reducing the number of abortions."
The pro-abortion industry is cynical, but deeply committed. And heavily dependent on their abortion revenue.
Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life says this survey reflects a change of attitudes. "There's an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture," she says.
Yoest believes, "There's an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born."
I agree. And the efforts of those who stand for life are making a difference.
In typical fashion, AP points out, "The only states with significant increases in abortions since 2010 are Republican led Louisiana and Michigan, which have passed laws intended to restrict abortions."
They say Louisiana has had an increase of 12% in numbers of abortions, and "recently honored by Americans United for Life as the No.1 state in taking steps to reduce access to abortion."
So Planned Parenthood's Richards is right?
Lori Carpenter, chief executive of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan, says they need more public funding. Planned Parenthood always "needs" more public funding.
Even the pro-abortion people in Louisiana and Michigan admit it isn't funding, it is the influx of women from other adjacent states that has driven up the numbers.
Michigan's upsurge in abortions is an influx of women coming from Ohio, where several clinics recently closed. In fact Michigan's health department is reporting that abortions for nonresidents jumped almost 50% from 2013 to 2014.
In fact Northland Family Planning, which operates 3 abortion clinics in southern Michigan, has been openly soliciting business from women in Ohio and Indiana, noting one of their abortion clinics is only 60 miles from Toledo.
Louisiana is the same story. Increased regulations in Mississippi and Texas are causing women to travel to Louisiana.
AP reports that Ellie Schilling, a lawyer who represents Louisiana abortion clinics, is telling the press and the people that more money for sex ed in our schools will reduce the numbers of abortions in the state.
This is a classic national news story presented as "news" while intended to change hearts and minds.
A couple of things to take away from it.
- Planned Parenthood and its colleagues in the abortion industry are becoming increasingly desperate. American people---particularly this younger generation, are becoming aware that the baby in the womb is in fact a child---a human being, because they can see the little person waiting to be born and proceed with their life.
- Generally the news media is very supportive of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. They will continue to write stories veiled as "news" but slanted to advance Planned Parenthood's cause in regard to abortion and the redefinition of marriage and human sexuality through the curriculum PP places in public schools across America.
- Planned Parenthood's focus is abortion, because of the amount of cash it produces. They will never allow condoms and IUDs to restrict the flow of money from abortions. With PP, "health care" is a guise for abortion.
- Pro-life Christians and conservatives, be encouraged. Your financial support of the pro-life movement, including sonogram and ultra sound equipment is making a difference. To those of you who regularly pray out front of the abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood offices--God is hearing and answering your prayers. Stand strong. Continue.
- And to the authentic pro-life elected officials---politicians: Thank you. We stand with you. Our support is strongly with you, including in our prayers and our vote on election day.
Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Strong. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.