Generally speaking, a majority of Americans are comfortable with the concept of safe, legal & rare when it comes to abortion. It is a philosophy steeped in practicality, but certainly not ethics. Over the last several weeks, we have been exposed through news reporting that abortion in Delaware has not been safe. As a matter of fact, abortion practices have been a horror show. But we could all still look the other way because it was rare. Only it isn’t.
What is “rare”?
Over the years, I have approached some of my liberal friends (and I do have them), and asked them to define rare, numerically. In other words, what percent of pregnancies is an acceptably “rare” percent? The highest number I ever got was 10%. In other words, to this person, 1 out of 10 pregnancies ending in an abortion was an acceptable definition of rare. However…
In Delaware, 32% of pregnancies end in abortion (National average is 19%).
According to A Rose and A Prayer, a local pro-life organization, the Guttmacher Institute recently reported that Delaware has been under-reporting abortions in the State by almost 2,500 abortions per year. Delaware was self-reporting 4,603 abortions in 2008, Guttmacher places this number at 7,070 and increase of 54%. The reason?
one provider supplied numbers that were substantially higher than the number it had given in previous years. When asked to explain the sudden and dramatic increase, the provider indicated that it had not been reporting all the abortions done at the facility, and that the actual number of abortions had not increased at all. (Source: A Rose & a Prayer press release)
So, in Delaware, abortion is not safe. In Delaware, abortion is not rare. I guess that some people find this state of affairs acceptable. I do not.
Now, before the progressive blogosphere goes apoplectic over the facts, let me provide the link to the Planned Parenthood backed Guttmacher Institute. You can find it here. This is no right-wing organization. Furthermore, my legislative and personal efforts demonstrate that I have fought to provide funding and opportunity so that women who make the right choice — that is the choice for life — have the support that they need. Legislatively, the Democratic majority in the State Senate voted as a block against my amendment to increase the Purchase of Care subsidy to low-income, home-based day care centers. According to the University of Delaware, the lead teachers in these facilities are making below minimum wage, and their pay comes directly from the State’s subsidy.
The bottom line is this: Delaware leads the nation in abortions per capita. Our abortion clinics are not inspected. We are an abortion destination state. The Attorney General was once again asleep at the switch when it comes to protecting innocent children. Our progressive State leaders don’t want the system changed, so they refuse to share the truth, because they know that the average Delawarean would be appalled and demand change. How pathetic.