June 21, 2022

Guttmacher Report Shows Abortion Spike in 2020

The Guttmacher Institute released a new report on June 15 showing that the abortion rate increased by nearly 8% in 2020 compared to 2017. Until then, the abortion rate had been decreasing for 27 years.

930,160 unborn babies were aborted in 2020. Guttmacher's 2017 figure was 862,320. Roughly one in five unborn children in America (20.6%) were killed through abortion in 2020.

Regarding Illinois specifically, the report says,
"Abortion incidence increased 25% between 2017 and 2020, with almost all of the increase (24%) occurring between 2017 and 2019. Some of this was due to more people coming from surrounding states like Missouri, but abortion also increased substantially among Illinois residents. One likely contributing factor is that Illinois allowed the use of state Medicaid funds to pay for abortion care starting in January 2018. Another factor is Illinois had more abortion clinics in 2020 than in 2017 (30 and 25, respectively) and this also may have made abortion more accessible."

The report hypothesizes that the nationwide increases are the result of state laws expanding Medicaid funding, requiring private insurance to cover abortion, and allowing less qualified physicians to commit abortions. "Charitable" abortion funds paid for more abortions, and some states repealed pro-life laws during this period.

The Guttmacher Institute's reports are often considered to be more useful than numbers released by the US government. The institute is a pro-abortion organization that used to be directly affiliated with Planned Parenthood, but it has access to information that the US government does not. Many states do not require abortion businesses to report to them. Most notably, California, Maryland, and New Hampshire refuse to provide data for the CDC's abortion surveillance report.