Contrary to Senator Obama’s bold inaccuracy at the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency, abortion rates have in fact been drastically reduced over the last twenty years. And contrary to popular opinion, pro-life legislators (and Presidents) really do make a big difference. Michael J. New, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama and a Visiting Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey writes a helpful review which argues:
During the past 35 years, the pro-life movement has made real progress. The number of abortions has fallen in 12 out of the past 14 years and the total number of abortions has declined by 21 percent since 1990. These gains are largely due to pro-life political victories at the federal level in the 1980s and at the state level in the 1990s which have made it easier to pass pro-life legislation.