Thankfully, some lawmakers are already working on solutions to drastically reduce the number of abortions in America. The following legislation has been proposed in Congress:
The Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act would create programs to prevent teen pregnancy, expand Medicaid eligibility for family planning services, combat sexual assault and expand adoption programs. H.R. 1074 aims to reduce the abortion rate by preventing unintended pregnancies, supporting pregnant women, and assisting new parents. One in five abortions are obtained by a teenager and 60 percent are obtained by women with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line.
The Pregnant Women Support Act aims to reduce the number of abortions in America by 95 percent over the next ten years by helping women make informed decisions, supporting pregnant women, and assisting new parents. Provisions include expanding coverage to pregnant women and unborn children through Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), banning the discriminatory practice against pregnant women in the health insurance industry by removing pregnancy from all “pre-existing condition” lists in health care, making adoption tax credits permanent, provides grants for low-income parenting college students, fully funding the federal WIC program, increased funding for domestic violence programs, and provides free home visits by registered nurses for new mothers.
In August 2008, the first U.S. study to examine the long- and short-term effects of public policy on the abortion rate over a twenty-year period was released.
The findings reveal that social and economic supports for women and families dramatically reduce the number of abortions. Conducted by Joseph Wright, a political science professor at Penn State University and a visiting fellow at the University of Notre Dame, and Michael Bailey, a professor of American government at Georgetown University; the study was commissioned by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.