A decline in abortions

The Journal, Martinsburg, W.Va.: During 1978, 6,170 babies were aborted in West Virginia, according to a national research organization. By 2009, the number had dropped to 2,169.

That is wonderful news — though it still represents 2,169 too many abortions in the Mountain State.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, West Virginia has one of the lowest abortion rates in the United States.

Various explanations have been offered for that. One claim by pro-abortion rights advocates is that the rate here is low because there are comparatively few abortion providers. That contention ignores the dramatic drop since 1978.

Contraceptives

On one thing there seems to be agreement, however: Educating women, especially young ones, has helped. Improved access to contraceptive devices also has been a factor.

Some abortions are medical necessities, to safeguard mothers. But West Virginians should keep up the good — nay, the vital — work of reducing elective abortions.

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