Please don't ask me why the feds are three years behind on producing these abortion statistics. My best guess is (1) the renownedly oxymoronic government efficiency, and/or (2) the Obama Regime was embarrassed to admit that the number of annual abortions has declined that much, at least as of three years ago.
The worst part of it is that almost seven hundred thousand in utero murders really does constitute significant, even massive, progress given that it wasn't that many years ago that the yearly number was upwards of a million and a half:
U.S. abortions continue to fall, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.
Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for about twenty-five years.
The number of reported abortions dropped 4% in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal government that year. That's about 31,000 fewer than the year before.
Experts offer various reasons for the recent drop: Better use of birth control and the lingering effects of the [ongoing economic depr]ession. Others argue there's been a cultural shift and more women opt to continue their pregnancy.
I would actually love to believe the last two factors were dominant. I would also love to believe that annual U.S. abortions had declined that much.
But I think this accounts for the massive drop-off much more plausibly:
The CDC data is not a complete national picture. It's based on reports from health departments in forty-seven States, Washington[, D.C.] and New York City. California, Maryland and New Hampshire don't report abortion numbers. [emphasis added]
Leaving out California - the most populous, paganized, and leftwingnut State in the country - is a rather significant omission. I would estimate the Acapulco Golden State would bring the annual abortion total up to a full million all by itself.
Still a decline from what it once was, but still a long, long way to go.