Technology and Abortion

Long-term contraceptives are getting easier to use and more women are using them; the morning-after pill is gaining in popularity (Wal-Mart just caved); earlier abortions are becoming more feasible. Technology is helping make abortion rarer and earlier. Money quote in an excellent new piece by Will Saletan:

"In 1973, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, fewer than 40 percent of abortions took place before the ninth week of gestation. By 2000, the latest year for which data have been analyzed, the percentage was nearly 60 and rising."

For those who believe that a zygote is a human person no different than an adult, none of this matters. For those who think women should have little or no legal autonomy over their own bodies during pregnancy, none of this matters. For the rest of us, it’s time to think seriously of a post-Roe world, and one in which far fewer and much earlier abortions become the norm.