Somewhere in Albert Lea, a Wingnut is Crying


Oh, the facts just couldn't be right, could they?

This is the worst President ever. America is going to hell in a hand basket. Everything is turning to shit. We are headed in the wrong direction. And, of course, the most important issue in America is abortion, right?

The last time I was in Albert Lea, the pro-life billboards were up and things like this were suspected but not well known:
The abortion rate in the United States dipped to its lowest since 1973, coinciding with a steep decline in overall pregnancy and birth rates, a study from a nonprofit sexual health organization showed on Sunday.

The rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2011, the latest year studied, which was well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000 and the lowest since 1973 when the rate was 16.3 per 1,000, the study from Guttmacher Institute showed. 
"With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions. We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period," says Rachel Jones, lead author of the study. 
The decline in abortions coincided with a drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates, and contraceptive use and methods improved during the period, Jones said. The recent recession also led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.
So, that happened. But these facts are just a liberal conspiracy, right? Wah!

Here's what you need to know--the "pro-life" movement needs abortions to happen. They need them to be plentiful and widespread or their fundraising will dry up and their protests will look like a failure. They're the only ones who benefit financially from abortions and they know it and they want people in Albert Lea to know it. This is why they try to run Planned Parenthood out of communities--Planned Parenthood helps women hold onto their health and make better contraception choices.

When women are healthier and making better choices, the abortion rate goes down.