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Published: Monday, Feb. 3 2014 6:45 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

This is good news. I'm sure the people's whose lives were spared are happy to be alive.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

It is great that the right to life group is taking credit for this.... but the data doesn't necessarily support their claim. The data does not show more women are carrying their pregnancy to term... what it shows is that fewer people were getting pregnant in the first place, which to me is yet an even better story.

The discussion has for too long been about what to do when a women gets pregnant.... and the fight should be more about keep women, particularly young ladies, from getting pregnant with unplanned children in the first place.

For obvious religious reasons, I have my own feelings on how to prevent unwanted pregnancies... but at a minimum this points to young ladies not being put into the position of having to make very serious decisions. a decision no one should have to make.

StudentofReason
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The Deseret News uses the findings from one study (contraception, education and family planning have resulted in a drop in the abortion rate) to infer more-specific conclusions from a totally different study study (the pro-life movement has deterred Americans from turning to abortion).

Why speak only about the pro-life movement, and not focus on changing habits, contraception, and family planning in the article? My own study of the Deseret News finds an implicit agenda.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

The way to reduce abortion is to reduce the cause of abortion -- unwanted pregnancies. As the article pointed out, comprehensive (abstinence-plus) sex education and effective contraception does just that.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Better education and healthcare. The key to lower abortion rates. Takes away conservative talking points, and it takes away some of the propaganda to inflame the public.

PookyBear84010
KAYSVILLE, UT

"Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing." That makes no sense, since these are exactly the type of people who would use birth control anyway, and abortion is itself a form of delaying or avoiding pregnancy. A declining birth rate might be explained by a bad economy, but not a declining abortion rate. Ask yourself, if abortion rates shot up, couldn't they also reasonably blame it on a bad economy?

Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

@reason: Curiously I find an implicit agenda in almost all newspapers and news reporting agencies. Even more curious is that you seem not to have noticed the agenda on the left.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Fewer abortions is a good thing, I think everyone agrees.

It's either greater use of birth control, a higher birth rate, or people are having less sex.

The birth rate is lower, so that's not it.

We don't have access to birth control consumption data, so the argument can be less sex vs more birth control.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

But . . but . . I thought morality in the United States was just getting worse and worse! I'm so used to hearing shrieks of alarm about today's youth from hand-wringing social conservatives, that this can't be true! Practically every week in church someone has to pipe up about how they fear for their children and grandchildren. Oh, how will they make it in today's world?

Well, whatever the reasons for the decline in abortion, it would seem to be a sign that maybe not every aspect of society is circling the bowl.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

We can improve it more. Continue to empower women, for starters. Talk more openly about sex, too. Accept that people have sex for their own reasons, and learn to deal with it. Make sure prevention is readily available.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Result of the growing gay community.

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