Proof: Legal limits = drop in demand

Monday, July 27, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

I regret my abortion (women holding signs)A recent study supports the argument that legal limitations on abortion would decrease the demand for the life-ending procedure.

A study published last week in The Lancet Global Health dealt with unintended pregnancy and abortion and contraception in 166 countries over nearly three decades – some with abortion restrictions and others limited. A summary of the study states:

"Our findings suggest that people in high-income countries have better access to sexual and reproductive health care than those in low-income countries. Our findings indicate that individuals seek abortion even in settings where it is restricted. These findings emphasise [sic] the importance of ensuring access to the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care, and for additional investment towards equity in health-care services."

But Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life says the study relays a more positive message than abortion proponents are willing to admit.

Tobias

“The study showed that places that have pro-life laws in effect tend to have women saying 'no' more often [and] more frequently to abortion, which is very encouraging – and I think that kind of indicates the general societal leanings and culture of the location,” Tobias expresses.

It’s understood that abortion numbers are lower where restrictions are in place, but Tobias contends it's not just because the procedures are more difficult to obtain, but possibly due to the population in general being more educated about abortion – e.g., what it is, what it does to women. Tobias expresses that it then becomes an option that women choose not to seek, obtain, or take advantage of.

Four of the eight authors of the study represent the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion research arm of the abortion movement, who tried to twist the information around to attack pro-life laws. Tobias maintains that if a study is done fairly, it will prove some of the same aspects of the Lancet study. One was published in 2004 in The Journal of Law and Economics.

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