The annual complete of abortions in Pennsylvania have reached a document low, in accordance with figures launched by the PA Department of Health.
The yearly report reveals 30,011 abortions occurred within the Commonwealth in 2017—down from the 30,881 which happened in 2016, a lower of almost three %. Nearly 84 % of the abortions occurred in 5 counties: Allegheny (6,140), Dauphin (1,152), Delaware (1,016), Northampton (2,772), and Philadelphia (13,999).
“The fact that abortions are now at a record low is good news for mothers and babies in Pennsylvania,” mentioned Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life. “While every abortion is a tragedy, this historic low number is an important milestone,” Gallagher added.
The decline in abortions may be attributed to a lot of elements. “Technology has created a window to the womb, thanks to advancements in Ultrasound. Women are much more likely to choose life for their babies, if they view an Ultrasound in a supportive environment,” Gallagher mentioned.
“In addition, abortion totals in Pennsylvania would be much higher were it not for the caring pregnancy resource centers administered by Real Alternatives and other groups. These life-affirming organizations provide everything from diapers to day care referrals, along with comprehensive counseling to pregnant women,” Gallagher added.
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Still, one troubling pattern is the disproportionate variety of abortions carried out on African-American ladies and the rise in abortions amongst Latina ladies. A complete of 12,865 African-American infants died from abortion in 2017, whereas 3,038 Hispanic infants have been aborted the identical yr.
“We grieve every abortion, because it is the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable human life. Yet, Pennsylvanians can take great pride in the decline in abortions, which has been aided by the loving alternatives to abortion that exist in the Commonwealth,” Gallagher added.