A recent survey suggests that abortions may be a leading cause of death to the unborn. Concerned by this finding several journalists worked to research this issue further. Traveling to street corners across small town America, reporters asked passersby if they ever had an abortion. After eventually excluding girls under six, people who have never dated, and men from their results they did find some women who were sexually active yet never had abortions. Concentrating on this select group, they went on to ask several questions, including questions about the use of contraceptives. These survey findings suggest that even sexually active women who conscientiously use contraception almost never seek abortions.
Could this surprising finding provide some new approach to reducing the number of abortions? To research this question journalists set out this time to interview anti-abortion activists. After carefully including only girls under six, people who have never dated, and men in their survey the results were disappointing. Anti-abortion activists seemed baffled and desperate. One was quoted as saying: “I just don’t know what more we can do. We have picketed the Supreme Court, murdered doctors, mobilized religious fundamentalists, voted for TEA party candidates, required medically unnecessary and intrusive examinations, worked to reduce the intrusion of government into our private lives, demonized women seeking abortion, trivialized rape, and cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.”
Vigorous efforts continue to seek some effective approach to reducing the incidence of abortion, but progress remains slow.