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Bill Mangin, Jamestown, N.D., Published November 26 2012

Letter: Restrictions are working

There was a brief news article in the Thursday, Nov. 22, Forum depicting the biggest one-year drop in the numbers of abortions in the United States. This information came from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This news article theorized about the decline in abortions and the reasons for it.

I would like to make several comments about the article:

I didn’t realize that abortion was considered to be a “disease.” I do not think that becoming pregnant is a disease.

The article also theorized about the reason for the decline in the number of abortions, theorizing that the reason was the tough economic times we are in as the main reason for the decline while stating that many states have aggressively resisted access to abortion; they did not believe that played a role in the decline.

I think that the states that have enacted laws restricting access to abortion (such as demanding parental notification in the case of a pregnant teen or demanding that women seeking an abortion should see an ultrasound picture of the unborn human being in the womb) have had little to do with the decline. I would differ from this conclusion.

I think perhaps the real reason is that, simply, there are fewer women of child-bearing age after 40 years of abortion-on-demand being available in the United States.