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Tracking the Global Abortion Debate

Tracking the Global Abortion Debate

The pro-life/pro-choice battle rages on in our governments, our neighborhoods—even our churches. As with any battle, there are victims—and there are survivors. Here are numbers from the front lines of this issue. Some may be startling, while others give reason to hope that the sanctity of life is not only being defended but protected—no matter how young it is.

the good news

1. In the first six months of 2011, 80 abortion restrictions were passed in the U.S.

2. Seventy percent of women who consider abortion choose life after seeing an ultrasound.

3. Between 1981 and 2008, the abortion rate declined from 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women to 19.6.

4. Since enacting new abortion laws only a year ago, Spain has seen a 3 to 5 percent decline in abortions, depending on the province.

The Bad News

1. An estimated 42 million abortions are performed globally each year, with 20 million performed in an unsafe way.

2. At least 39 countries have registered mifepristone (medication abortion).

3. More than 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. each year (22 percent of all pregnancies).

4. Sixty-five percent of abortions in America are by women identifying themselves as Christian (37 percent Protestant and 28 percent Catholic).

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