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Letter to the editor: Yes, let's celebrate lower abortion rates

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Thanks to the News-Sentinel for publishing “Abortion rates are down, and that's a good thing.” The authors described how pro-life advocates are pleased that fewer babies are being discarded. They also shared that abortion supporters believe a lower abortion rate is bad news because access to abortion is too difficult. Given that 8,027 abortions took place in Indiana last year, we don't believe state laws make accessing abortion difficult.

Laws exist to ensure that women are informed and their health and safety are protected.

We surmise that abortion providers see the decline as bad news, too. The approximate cost of an abortion is $500. Abortion providers see their profits decrease when abortions decrease.

A recent news report tells us that Planned Parenthood presented an award to an affiliate for increasing the number of abortions they sold women.

Former abortion workers affirm that they were instructed to encourage abortions. Abortions are big money at clinics that claim to be centered on women's health. These facilities are raking in money through abortions and they don't need our tax dollars to support them.

While we celebrate the lower abortion rate, we also grieve for the 8,000 women who felt abortion was their only option in 2013. The abortion industry promotes the falsehood that abortion will make everything okay, or even turn back time. We know this is untrue. Abortion decisions present their own physical, mental and spiritual challenges. We pray for healing for women who have made an abortion decision. And we direct them to organizations willing to help them through their loss.

Abortion is never the solution to a pregnancy. It's a good thing to see fewer babies discarded with surgical waste and to know that fewer women are choosing abortion, but we will not rest until the abortion rate is zero.

Cathie Humbarger, executive director, Allen County Right to Life