Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky’s birth rate increased 3.4% last year, and it’s being attributed to the state’s ban on abortion. In practical terms, this means that an additional 1,762 babies were born that would not have been born. Think about that for a moment. A total of 1,762 children who would have been aborted are now alive. Several statewide news outlets are criticizing abortion restrictions and have highlighted egregious cases of sexual assault that results in pregnancy, which is very rare. This statistic puts the issue of elective abortion into perspective. It also puts a face on human beings that were once considered a choice or a problem. The addition of 1,700 new Kentuckians into the commonwealth is good news, especially for those babies who didn’t know they were considered a choice.