After a steady annual decline, the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute's report for 2017 to 2020 shows the abortion rate increased almost 8%. 930,000 abortions were reported in 2020, compared to 862,000 in 2017.
As Live Action points out, this means approximately 2,548 babies are killed every day in the U.S. by abortion.
Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) says the South reported a 2% increase, while other parts of the country, including blue states, saw higher rates of child terminations.
"We do know that there were some blue states that expanded Medicaid coverage to include paying for abortions, so that certainly would have encouraged some women to move forward with the procedure," Tobias explains. "We do know that during the COVID pandemic in 2020, when many medical facilities were shut down, the abortion facilities were still operating."
Many governors, she says, considered abortion to be an essential service.
"We also know that there are more abortion pills being used," the pro-lifer continues. "They are now more than half of all abortions in the country, which makes it just that much easier to get the abortion."
In her opinion, the one good takeaway from the Guttmacher study is that abortion numbers "are nowhere near the 1.6 million. That was the high in 1990."
Tobias tells AFN the pro-life movement still has "a lot of work to do." That includes continuing to educate people about the fact that a successful abortion ends the life of a helpless human being.