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February 10, 2014

Area sees drop in abortion rates

Change mirrors national study findings

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Jones also said she believes abortion is on the decline because many women who have been through the experience regret it and tell their friends about their regret. She also cited faith as a reason for the decline.

“I think God is finally answering the prayers of pro-life groups,” Jones said.

Jean Naples, president of Central New York Coalition for Life, said she is happy about the decline in abortion and believes it is a result of increased education.

“People are going through it and telling others. The dirt is being uncovered and people are seeing the horror of abortion. With awareness campaigns like ‘Silent No More,’ we are getting the word out that abortion is a bad product.”

Naples said her work with Central New York Coalition for Life is focused on education, especially of young people. She said she also takes students to the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Naples also said the local lack of abortion providers is helping decrease abortions. She said she believes many older doctors who regularly performed abortions are dying and younger ones, who are replacing them, are uncomfortable with performing the procedure.

Naples said she does not believe the work Family Planning does has contributed to the decline of abortions.

“They say they’re out to decrease the number of abortions, but they’re not,” Naples said. “They refer women to abortion clinics … and birth control and Plan B are abortion too.”

Marcus said she believes the work being done at Family Planning is significant and will continue to help provide women with healthy options.

“We hope that if we continue to do our job,” Marcus said, “the abortion rates will continue to go down.”

Drop in abortions per 100 live births, 2008-11 -1.7 Otsego County -5.2 Delaware County -7.9 Schoharie County* *2009-11

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