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7/6/15 at 10:38 AM 1 Comments

Abortion Decline Marks Progress in American Values

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For those committed to the sanctity of human life, news in recent weeks was extremely positive as once again the abortion rate across the U.S. dropped. A nationwide survey released by the Associated Press documents that the abortion rate has dropped in almost every state in the U.S. since 2010.

Looking closely at the report, states that have enacted recent anti-abortion legislation have seen the greatest results, with declines of more than 15 percent. Meanwhile, states without policies focusing on the issue declined in the rankings as well.

The numbers mark a positive trend in our society’s values and an appreciation for the sanctity of life. The survey is an indication of a greater sense of understanding of the fact that life begins at conception, and that there are far better alternatives to abortion for those facing unplanned pregnancies.

Another factor in the decline of abortions throughout the country is the decline in teenage pregnancies. In 2010, teen pregnancies were at their lowest numbers in 30 years – another significant stride for our country.
An important step in educating pregnant women or couples about the alternatives to abortion is pregnancy counseling, which Bethany Christian Services offers to women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Those facing an unplanned pregnancy experience a variety of emotions – excitement, fear, worry, love, etc. At this critical juncture, it is essential to have a calm and supportive voice to turn to for advice or simply just to listen. With improvements and increased availability in pregnancy counseling services, women and couples have a variety of resources available to help along their journey.

Pregnant women and couples opt for adoption for a variety of reasons, but ultimately it comes down to the life that’s desired for the child, and whether they’re prepared – financially, emotionally, or otherwise – to provide it.

An unplanned pregnancy can be a stressful or frightening time for people of all ages, races and genders, but it’s important to know that there are many loving families willing to open their arms to a child. Time after time, adoption can and does lead to a wonderful and fulfilling life for a child.

The continued decline in the abortion rate certainly is a positive development. However, I’m confident that you would agree that there’s much work left to be done. For our commitment to the sanctity of human life will not allow us to rest until each and every child conceived is allowed to know the love of a forever family.

Learn more about Bethany’s adoption services at bethany.org.

Written by Bill Blacquiere, president and CEO of Bethany Christian Services

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