More Women Are Doing the Right Thing

When I got pregnant, I was only 17 and pretty scared.  In other words, I feel compassion for people who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies and who are dealing with issues they’ve never had to consider.  I wrote about the moment I realized I was pregnant in my book “Not Afraid of Life:”

Baby.  Just the thought of it was so staggering.  I wasn’t afraid of taking care of one, because I’d taken care of Willow, Piper, and my cousins for years.  The scary part was being a teen mom.  Being alone.  Being a disappointment to my family.

Of course, you know the rest of the story.  I know I did the right thing in having Tripp, and it looks like many other people are deciding to have their babies too!

On Wednesday, the CDC announced that abortion rates have decline 5%.  What a wonderful development – it was a great thing to find out during Thanksgiving Week!

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  • Sally

    The drop in abortion is due to a drop in the number of unintended pregnancies thanks to Plan B and more responsible use of contraception. So um no….. More women are not decoding to do what Bristol did ( or rather, did not, do).

  • Liane

    Once Obamacare takes full effect, that number will decline more. Women who have options for raising healthy children — such as prenatal care, pediatric care, access to good schools and nutritious foods — will keep their babies. Thank G-d for your family, Bristol, who kept you safe and healthy and accepted your pregnancy with love and means. Some women don’t have any of that. Choosing abortion is not always about good vs. evil.

  • Azaria

    You do know that by posting this you are supporting sex education and better access to contraceptives, right? The reason the abortion rate has gone down is because there is less unintended pregnancies to begin with. The study you cite by CDC says the following: “Unintended pregnancy is the major contributor to abortion. Because unintended pregnancies are rare among women who use the most effective methods of reversible contraception, increasing access to and use of these methods can help further reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States. The data in this report can help program planners and policy makers identify groups of women at greatest risk for unintended pregnancy and help guide and evaluate prevention efforts.”
    This is great news, and I hope the abortion rate continues to go down even more.