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November 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. abortion rate has declined by 24% since 2009, according to the latest CDC data.   

The abortion rate for 2018 was reported at 11.3 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, down from 14.9 abortions per 1,000 women in 2009. 

The data gathered from 47 states, the District of Columbia and New York City reported 619,591 abortions in 2018. Those in their twenties make up more than half of the numbers at 57.7%. 

While the total number of abortions and the abortion rate increased by 1% from 2017, since 2016 the abortion rate has dropped 2.5%  

For every 1,000 live births in 2018, 189 abortions occurred. 

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A Coptic Christian immigrant to Canada has been expelled from the University of Manitoba's College of Medicine for refusing to change his personal beliefs about the value of life from conception and the right to own firearms.

Rafael Zaki, who emigrated from Egypt with his parents to escape religious persecution, has wound up being subjected to another form of persecution...this time, in Manitoba.

Indeed, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees Rafael's fundamental rights such as the freedom of expression and the freedom of religion.

Please SIGN this petition to Manitoba's Minister of Economic Development and Training, Mr. Ralph Eichler, asking him to initiate an independent investigation into Rafael's case, and to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

Justice for Rafael must be swift and commensurate with the persecution he has endured at the hands of the University of Manitoba's College of Medicine.

The trouble for Rafael began in 2019, when anonymous accusers claimed that pro-life and pro-gun rights posts on his personal Facebook account made them feel "unsafe."

Unbelievably, these anonymous accusers even equated Zaki's being pro-life to his being "misogynistic and hostile to women" when nothing could be further from the truth!

But, an investigation of Zaki's posts was then undertaken, and he was ordered to attend seven "remediation" sessions with the College's Associate Dean for Undergraduate medical education, Dr. Ira Ripstein.

Immediately after he was notified of the accusations, Zaki removed the post which other people found unacceptable.

Then, he issued TEN apologies, five to his peers and five to his professors.

But, even after removing the posts and apologizing profusely, and attending the seven "remediation" sessions, Dr. Ripstein still wasn't impressed by Zaki's apparent contrition because he surmised that the young med student had not changed his beliefs.

And, why should he change his beliefs?!?

It is Rafael's right to hold pro-life and pro-gun rights views and express them publicly, as long as he did not bring university business into the conversation - which he did not.

And, the university has absolutely no right to insist that one of its students change his or her sincerely held beliefs which are not objectively hateful or incite violence.

But, in the end, Rafael was expelled from the University of Manitoba's College of Medicine, with Dr. Ira Ripstein seeming to act as Rafael's judge, jury and executioner.

So, right now, it is essential that Manitoba's Minister of Economic Development and Training, Ralph Eichler, launch an independent investigation into the treatment of Rafael Zaki at the hands of the College's administration.

We are calling for swift justice for Rafael Zaki so that he doesn't lose another minute of medical study to these chilling attacks on his freedom of speech and religion.

SIGN and SHARE this petition and stand up for Rafael now!

Then, please politely contact Minister Eichler's office to politely ask for justice to be done for Rafael Zaki. Please use this contact information:

Minister's Office
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Fax: 204-945-4882
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77.7% of abortions were performed around 9 weeks’ gestation, and 92.2% by approximately 13 weeks’ gestation. 

The report includes data from both surgical and chemical (medical) abortions. 

Dr. Michael New, a professor of social research and political science at the Catholic University of America, told LifeSiteNews that he is pleased to see a “greater than 50% reduction in the U.S. abortion rate since 1980.”

New said that a key factor behind this decrease was a higher percentage of unintended pregnancies being carried to term.

“According to data from the Guttmacher Institute, in 1981, approximately 54% of unintended pregnancies were aborted. That number fell to 42% by 2011 (the most recent year for which we have data). If more women are choosing life, that means pro-life education, service, and legislative efforts have all been effective,” New said.

“More pro-life laws are being passed and there is a body of research which shows that pro-life laws, including public funding limits, parental involvement laws, and properly designed informed consent laws all lower abortion rates,” he continued. 

New stated that other factors are at work too, because even states that have not enacted pro-life legislation are seeing abortion numbers fall.

“There has been a change in public opinion. In 1995, a Gallup poll found that only 33% of Americans identified as pro-life. The most recent Gallup survey finds that percentage has reached 46%, and has been higher in other surveys,” he said.

New also pointed to the positive difference that an increase of organizations helping women with unplanned pregnancies has made. 

Referencing Heartbeat International’s Worldwide Directory of Pregnancy Help, New said that “between 1988 and 2015, the number of organizations dedicated to assisting pregnant women increased by 86%.” 

Contrary to the common conceptions that comprehensive sex education and contraception lead to less unintended pregnancies, and therefore fewer abortions, New referred back to the data which, he said, told a different story. 

“The problem with arguments crediting sex education is that while there has been a consistent decline in the abortion rate since 1980, the unintended pregnancy rate has fluctuated,” New said.

“If sex education or contraception programs were driving reductions in abortion rates, one would expect to see a consistent decline in the unintended pregnancy rate,” he continued.

“Guttmacher’s recent data shows the unintended pregnancy rate was actually increasing between 2001 and 2008 – an era when the U.S. abortion rate was decreasing.”

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