Whenever possible, I like to share good news. Recently released statistics show that pro-life efforts in Michigan are saving lives. Despite the economic recession, which we would expect to cause an increase in abortions, Michigan’s abortion rate decreased dramatically in 2009. Local activists attribute the drop to authentic women’s support services offered by pro-life groups.
A total of 22,357 abortions were reported in Michigan in 2009. This is a 13.9% decrease since 2008 and a 54.4% decrease since 1987, which saw the greatest recorded number of abortions in Michigan.
“We are extremely grateful for the continuing decrease in Michigan abortions despite the hard economic times we’ve faced in Michigan,” said Right to Life of Michigan President Babara Listing. “The fact that fewer mothers are having abortions in Michigan shows more and more women are coming to the realization that abortion is not the answer for an unplanned pregnancy.”
There are over 150 pregnancy help clinics and centers in Michigan. Right to Life of Michigan maintains a statewide crisis pregnancy referral hotline at 1-800-57WOMAN. Nationwide, the OptionLine, 800-395-HELP, refers to religiously affiliated centers and clinics. The hotline for Birthright International, which has made the commitment not to proselytize, is 800-550-4900. Another good resource is the Nurturing Network, at 800-TNN-4MOM. Priests for Life encourages pro-lifers to memorize the OptionLine number; a good start, but SecularProLife.org hopes you’ll memorize all three! You never know when a friend will need your help.