by Max Brantley
The Washington Post has assembled an interesting roundup of statistics on abortion since Roe v. Wade made it a legal right 40 years ago. It tells the tale of, among others, increasing state legal restrictions and changing demographics among women seeking to end pregnancies. Charts include the one above, tracking public opinion on abortion by Harris for the last 40 years.
This was most fascinating to me:
Research has found countries with more liberal abortion laws have lower abortion rates. How abortion restrictions affect abortion rates isn’t completely clear. States with fewer abortion restrictions have tended to have higher abortion rates, in part because they include women traveling from out-of-state to terminate a pregnancy.
A recent study from the Guttmacher Institute, however, questions the role of restrictions. It found that countries with more liberal abortion laws tend to have lower rates of abortion — perhaps due to factors like greater access to contraception.
That research, published in the Lancet, also found countries with more abortion restrictions to have higher rates of abortion-related deaths.
Arkansas's legislature will deal this year with a lengthy list of proposals to make it harder to get an abortion in Arkansas.