Americans United for Life (AUL) us one of the most effective anti-abortion organizations in the country and its done it by keeping things non-baby. Instead, it focuses on getting legislation passed to restrict abortions, while pursuing a mission of ending all abortions in the United States. Last year, AUL was instrumental in getting 92 anti-abortion restrictions passed throughout the country. (1)
In 2000, the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research nonprofit, rated 13 states as “hostile” to reproductive rights; in 2011, it gave 26 states that designation. (2)
The U.S. Supreme Court opened a critical avenue in its 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, which upheld Rod v. Wade, while giving states more leeway to regulate abortions.
A New York Times poll earlier this year offered a shapshot of an electorate which Washington Post columnist, Ruth Marcus, calls “disturbingly skeptical” of abortion rights: 37 percent said abortion should be generally available; 23 percent said it should not be permitted; and 37 percent said it should be available but “under stricter limits” than currently in place. (3) Given the myriad of abortion restrictions that have been put into place in recent years, it is hard to fathom the thinking process of the 37 percent who support abortions but want them under even stricter limits. Nonetheless, the Times poll does not support the current claim that the nation is now majority anti-choice.
Finally, what is the incidence of unplanned pregnancies? Rape and incest account for a minuscule shiver of all pregnancies; yet nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unplanned: about 40 percent of those result in abortions. (4)
(1) Kate Sheppard, “Wham, Bam, Sonogram,” Mother Jones, September/October 2012.
(3) Ruth Marcus, “One Debate, Two Untouchable Sides,” The Albuquerque Journal, August 25, 2012.