Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Tactics Needed

Gerard Nadal:
According to Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue there have been 44 abortion clinic closings this year. That would drive the total number of clinic closings since 1992 close to 75% of that year’s total. That is a monumental achievement for the pro-life movement, the fruit of decades of hard work by thousands. For as monumental as that achievement is, the persistently high numbers of annual abortions in the U.S., and California’s passing into law permission for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and midwives to perform first trimester surgical abortions suggest that we may have only succeeded in picking the low-hanging fruit from the abortion tree.

In the chart above, Planned Parenthood’s statistician, the Guttmacher Institute, reports on the annual number of abortions since 1973. Notice that between 1990 and 2013 abortions fell from a high of 1.6 million per year to a steady 1.2 million per year. That’s a 25% decrease in the numbers of abortions in the same time period that we have closed close to 75% of abortion clinics. The numbers simply do not add up. There has not been anything close to a corresponding decrease in abortions.

He goes on to say that hospitals have picked up the slack.

While hospitals may be picking up the slack, I think that chemical abortions are an issue as well. And with the passage of the law allowing non-physicians to administer abortions, I think it will only get worse.

I don't necessarily think hospitals will be the only issue. There was a doctor here in Ottawa whom nobody seemed to know about who distributed abortion pills.

How do you reach out to women who are going to see a family physician or a nurse practitioner? How can you tell who's abortion-minded and who's not?

The solution it seems may lie in targeting abortion pills themselves and the companies that distribute them. It used to be that abortions was the work of a doctor. With abortion pills, it's the work of an industry.