Utah’s Abortion Rate Has Dropped To The Lowermost Level

Utah’s Abortion Rate Has Dropped To The Lowermost LevelWomen in Utah are less inclined to have an abortion, the latest statistics revealed by state authorities suggest. Utah’s abortion rate has dropped to the lowermost level ever registered since 1977. Last year, the figures showed only 4.6 abortions in every 1,000 women.

The aggregate number of women who chose to have an abortion procedure in 2013 has likewise dropped to the smallest figure since 1977. As a result, even if the number of women able to develop pregnancies has doubled over time, only 2,893 ladies decided to end their pregnancy medically.Various causes are said to be behind the low abortion rate and overall abortion figures in Utah.

The Guttmacher Institute which archives the figures across the country had also observed that the general rate in the U.S. reached a historic low of 16.9 in 2011, the lowest after 1977.

The president of National Right to Life, Carol Tobias says that one of the explanations behind this decrease is the prohibitive abortionlegislation.  In Utah, one of the laws demands that women wait  72 hours before having the fetus surgically removed .

In a statement for the Salt Lake Tribune she stated that the legislative endeavors of the right to-life campaigns, and fundamentally, the ensuing national level debate as well as instructive campaigns around pro- life enactments played an important part in decreasing abortion rates.

Karrie Galloway, chief of Planned Parenthood of Utah, however begs to differ and considers that the most important factors that contributed to the fall were expanded use of contraceptives and increased family planning.

She said the conclusion of pro-life activists if difficult to prove while the data she has clearly shows that the tools to avoid an unwanted pregnancy like family planning access and contraception strategies are the main elements leading to lower abortion rates.

State’s Maternal and Infant Health Program department representatives said  that there is actually no method of really proving that  any current or new laws had any impact on the new trend or the size of that impact. They also allege that some of the ladies might have decided to forestall pregnancies  due to the economic pressure brought by the recession.

The U.S. abortion rates have always been higher than those in Utah.  However the state shows huge contrasts in abortion figures.  They run from 100 for each 1,000 infants born in Salt Lake County to 22.9 in Utah County. The last stands out as one  of the counties with the largest Mormon population while the first has the lowest number of Mormons in the state, as indicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The congregation only allows abortion in extreme cases like rape, incest or severe health risks for mothers.

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  • Kathy Bergquist

    What is the birth rate for these time scales? When did the 72 hour waiting period begin? What are the before and after rates of abortion when the 72 hour waiting period was enforced? What does “develop pregnancies” mean?

    Who are the “state authorities”? Is it the State’s Maternal and Infant Health Program department? It needs to be stated higher up in the story following the news story format of answering the 5 W’s of Who, When, Where, What, Why, (How).

    Does the “ladies might have decided to forestall pregnancies due to the economic pressure brought by the recession” mean “family planning and contraception”? Why or why not?

    “Women in Utah are less inclined to have an abortion” Were women asked questions about pregnancy and abortion? A more accurate line would be “Women in Utah are less [likely] to have an abortion.”

    Inclined means, “feel willing or favorably disposed toward (an action, belief, or attitude)” or “have a tendency to do something.”

    Likely means, “such as well might happen or be true; probable.”

    The word “inclined” only works if there was a survey asking women questions on the subject matter and what their beliefs and attitudes are surrounding the subject matter.

    The word “likely” works when the information is derived from the “statistics revealed by state authorities.”