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U.S. Abortion Rate Declines

This article explains that the abortion rate in the U.S. has declined to its lowest level in 30 years. It is based on a study completed at the Guttmacher Institute--a non-profit organization that describes itself in the following way:

The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health through an interrelated program of social science research, policy analysis and public education designed to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, promote sound policy and program development and, ultimately, inform individual decision making.
From this description, further digging on their website and this quote from the author of the study:
"We don’t regard [the findings] as good or bad," Jones said. "It’s a descriptive study."
we can gather that the Guttmacher Institute is not some conservative agenda-driven group. If anything, it appears to have at least a hint of a leftward agenda.

So what does this mean? Does it indicate--as was speculated in this thread and in Peter Lawler’s numerous favorable mentions of the movie, Juno, that a sea-change of public opinion is coming on abortion?

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we can gather that the Guttmacher Institute is not some conservative agenda-driven group.

That's certainly true: the Guttmacher Institute originated as a division of Planned Parenthood . . . .

It means that those who are ready to go ballistic if Rudy gets the nomination need to take a deep breath. People are moving on the issue, and they're moving because of the imagery, the graphics, the sonograms, the covers on Time and Newsweek.

The demographic decline of the West is also going to force a change on abortion policy.

Abortion is already up on the ash heap of history, and people who fought for it, who battled for it, who staked their reputations on it, are going to recalled in history as ghouls, utter ghouls.

And some, such as Justice Ginsburg for instance, are beginning to suspect as much. And they're NOT happy about it.

They were sure history was going their way. The fools! They confused a fad from the 1960s and early 70s with an historical undercurrent.

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