Abortions Drop to All-Time Low in PA

Member Group : PA Pro-Life Federation

DECEMBER 31, 2014 717-541-0034


HARRISBURG, Pa. – Abortions have dropped to an all-time low in Pennsylvania, according to 2013 abortion statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Health.

"As abortion centers close and more life-affirming information and resources become available, more women are being empowered to choose life," said Ms. Micaiah Bilger, education director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

In 2013, the number of abortions in Pennsylvania dropped by 7 percent to 32,108, according to the report. The closure of abortion facilities, the assistance offered by pregnancy resource centers and state-of-the-art technology are all playing a role in the decrease in abortion totals in the Commonwealth.

"Modern technology is making it easier to see the value of life in the womb and the tragedy of abortion," Bilger said. "Ultrasounds allow parents to see their baby smiling or sucking his or her thumb, and a new study from the University of Florida showed that preborn babies can learn nursery rhymes in the womb."

Tragically, however, more women are being harmed by abortions in our state. In 2013, abortion complications rose by almost 22 percent, according to the report.

"Women deserve to know the risks of abortion and their alternatives," Bilger said. "Thanks to Pennsylvania pregnancy resources centers and our state Alternatives to Abortion program administered by Real Alternatives, Inc., more pregnant and parenting moms have access to this information and support."

Real Alternatives offers free, confidential caring pregnancy services including pregnancy testing, temporary shelter, diapers and other baby supplies, counseling, food and shelter assistance referrals, counseling, and more. Learn more at www.realalternatives.org.

"This is key to ensuring that pregnant and parenting women have access to the support that they and their families deserve," Bilger said. "We will continue to work so that every woman and her preborn child are protected and valued under the law."

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is a grassroots right-to-life organization with members statewide. As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, PPLF is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children.