Louisiana abortions fall to ten year low

March 14, 2019 - 7:41 pm

(WWL.com) - The number of abortions in Louisiana last year fell to a 10-year low. 8,048 abortions were reported to have been performed in the state, and Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper says it’s part of a years long trend.

“Over the past four years we have seen a 21 percent decrease in abortions, and while every abortion is a tragedy, we are excited and we want to celebrate these lives.”

Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, responded saying “We are committed to reducing the number of abortions in Louisiana, and the data shows that is working”.

A 2017 report indicated nationwide abortion numbers have fallen to their lowest rate since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973. Planned Parenthood says it’s due to efforts to make contraception widely accessible to women, but Clapper says it’s because of the pro-life movement is growing in popularity among youth.

“I believe over the last 15 to 20 years, we have seen a continued nationwide and statewide trend towards life.”

The number of state abortions could significantly decrease if the US Supreme Court rules in favor of a Louisiana law that would require clinics to have admitting privileges. Clapper says that case could be heard in January of 2020.

“We look forward to this Supreme Court case upholding this common sense law, protecting Louisiana’s right to protect the health and safety of women.”

Executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana Alanah Hebert responded saying “It’s disturbing that instead of working to expand access to birth control and family planning services, Louisiana politicians have been hellbent on intruding in a woman’s personal health decisions and pushing care out of reach.”

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