Every year there is an anti abortion rally in Washington, DC. This year’s was poorly attended, bad weather was blamed.
The young people attending in recent years is touted as evidence this generation will stop abortion. Anti abortion advocates also cheer statistics showing fewer abortions each year. And, state governments keep adding little harassment laws to make abortions cost more.
In the overarching picture, however, there isn’t much progress toward ending abortions. The number of abortions is dropping, but mostly among teenaged women because of improved “morning after” medicines. Older women earn more so they have more to lose from unwanted pregnancies. Expect a strong push back from them.
As anti abortion political operatives make small gains in state regulation of abortions, medical research makes even bigger advances in nonsurgical abortions. These advances make it harder for anti abortion protesters to focus an abortion doctor, a clinic or a young woman. Without something to demonize, cache is lost.
Seldom mentioned are economic variables hovering above abortion. The simple one is the $250,000 cost of raising a child to age 18 and time off work for births.
Another is the longer lives of people in retirement and the system we have of young workers supporting the retired. If anyone thinks elderly will not notice children compete with them for the limited resources available, you are nieve.
Anti abortion operatives need come up with something to talk about besides ultrasounds. I’d suggest they talk about economic realities.
Until the economics change, abortion is here to stay.