A national report discloses abortion rates have fallen to their lowest level since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.
The Guttmacher Institute, an abortion-rights group, reports abortion rates in 2014 fell to their lowest level since Roe v. Wade. The rate in Nebraska dropped below 1973 numbers.
Nebraska Family Alliance Executive Director Karen Bowling says a shift has taken place.
“We believe that the momentum for creating a culture that respects life has increased substantially,” Bowling tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Bowling credits increased awareness of the risks involved as well as the options available.
She says the report will have an impact on legislative proposals.
“I think there will be on-going legislation to protect every innocent life here in our state and to protect women; that real health care respects life,” Bowling says.
Guttmacher takes a different view, stating improvements in contraceptive use likely has contributed to the decline, but adding punitive abortion restrictions could also be a factor.
According to the report, there were 14.6 abortions performed per 1,000 women nationwide in 2014, the latest data available. In 1973, the rate was 16.3. The rate spiked in the late 70s and, for the most part, has been declining ever since.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]