A survey, performed by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, shows that the <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/015/nation/Study_details_drop_in_abortion_rate+.shtml">abortion rate among American women continued a decline</a>, dipping to a low not seen since the 1970s. The survey showed that the national rate, which spiked to as high as 30 out of every 1000 women aged 15-44 in the early 1980s, now stood at about 21 out of every 1000. This most comprehensive survey performed on abortion practices in the United States has lead to some divergent opinions by people on both sides of the abortion issue. On the Pro Choice: advocates claim that the decrease in the rate of abortion is due to factors such as better methods of birth control and better prenatal care being available during the years studied. They also say that a decrease in abortions may also be due to a decrease in unwanted pregnancies as people are more and more fearful of contracting STDs or HIV through unprotected sex. Right to Life: advocates say that the declining rate is an indicator that people are finally figuring it out that abortion is immoral and evil and point to their efforts at picketing and protesting abortion clinics. But the doctor who led the Guttmacher survey said that you cant draw any inference that abortion clinic protesting or harassment of clinic patients had any measurable impact on the survey itself. A look at abortion rates on a state by state basis is <a href="http://www.agi-usa.org/pubs/state_ab_pt.html">available here.</a> And of course, George Bush goes and declares this coming Sunday, National Sanctity of Human Life Day, so I guess hell be happy to hear this news.