BY: TAYLOR LAMBERT
2019 was a year swamped in political actions and issues, one of the biggest having to do with abortion bans spanning across nine of America’s southern and eastern states. According to an article written by The New York Times on the topic, abortion rates have hit an all time low in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. While many people believed that these record breaking stats were due to the abortion bans, the rates are actually caused by easier access to birth control. It’s been reported that not only have the amount of abortions dropped severely, but there are fewer births in 2019 as a whole.
Abortion has been a long fought battle and this year has been one of the biggest attacks yet. With nine states banning or putting strict laws on it, access to abortion has become even more scarce. With extremely limited access to abortion, some may be pushed into trying to find ways to perform them themselves or have them performed illegally, which can result in serious injuries or even death. Giving open and easy access to contraceptives, abortions, and care overall would, in theory, reduce the rate of abortions.