January 27, 2020

National Right to Life Annual Report: "The State of Abortion in the United States"

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) released its seventh annual report, titled “The State of Abortion in the United States, 2020,” last Wednesday. The report tackles a variety of subjects surrounding the fight to end abortion: federal and state legislation, statistics analyzing the rate of abortions, what the Equal Rights Amendment represents, and Planned Parenthood's  2018-2019 annual report.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Based on data from the Guttmacher Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)– and estimating figures for subsequent years (2018-2019)–National Right to Life now estimates 61,628,584 abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973.
  • Utilizing data from the Guttmacher Institute and the CDC, National Right to Life estimates that the number of abortions has dropped to 862,320 annually – the lowest number recorded since 1973, and nearly 800,000 fewer than the all-time high of 1.6 million abortions in 1990. National Right to Life attributes continued pro-life educational, legislative, and political efforts with much of the overall decline seen over the past 30 years.
  • State legislatures continue to be successful in enacting pro-life legislation that extends protections to unborn children and helps their mothers. These laws include protections for pain-capable unborn children, laws banning dismemberment abortions of living unborn babies, and efforts to steer state funding away from organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood.
  • Planned Parenthood, which reported over $1.6 billion in revenues in 2018-2019, while posting over $240 million in “excess revenue,” is estimated to have made nearly $160 million performing 345,672 abortions – over 40% of all abortions in the United States annually.