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After nearly three decades of steady decline, the abortion rate in the United States held steady in 2008 according to data released by the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit reproductive health foundation that was created under the auspices of Planned Parenthood.

According to the institute’s data, there were 1.21 million abortions performed in the United States in 2008 – or 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. Those numbers are virtually identical to data that the organization released in 2005 – and appear to support similar government data from 2006.

In 1981, there were 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age – a figure that has been steadily declining over the past thirty years.

“With abortion continuing to claim the lives of more than 100,000 unborn children every month, we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to educate the public and enact laws that protect unborn children and their mothers from the dangers of abortion and make sure they know that help is available,” said Randall K. O’Bannon of the National Right to Life Committee.

South Carolina has one of the lowest abortion rates in America – 8.1 abortions for every 1,000 women of child-bearing age. Wyoming has the lowest abortion rate (0.9) while Delaware has the highest (40).

We oppose abortion because we believe that of the fundamental American rights … the first is the right to life.

We don’t wear the issue on our sleeves, but that’s how we feel about it.