The changing face of abortion in the US

By Jesse Johnson - Posted at The Cripplegate:

This last decade has seen substantial changes to the way abortion is perceived in the United States. These changes are essential for those in the pro-life movement to understand.

Ten years ago, a typical woman who pursued abortion was a first-time mom. If not a teenager, she was almost certainly single, perhaps even a college student.

She usually took ten days from the time she found out she was pregnant to her decision to abort the baby. In those ten days she might have asked friends or people she trusted for advice.

A typical abortion was referred to as “surgical,” took place in an abortion clinic, and the mother would have had fairly limited knowledge of the baby’s development. Seeing an ultrasound would have had a substantial mitigating effect on the decision to have an abortion. Some studies even suggested that 90% of abortion minded-women changed their mind after seeing an ultrasound.

Today, all of these dynamics are different. In 2019, the typical mom pursuing an abortion is not a first-time mother. Often she already has a child, or two. Whereas “I’m not ready for a baby” used to be a common explanation for abortion, today’s abortion minded-woman is more likely to say “I’m having a hard enough time taking care of the baby I already have.”