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Test your knowledge about abortion in Oregon.

Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By Gayle Atteberry

On Jan. 22 Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion, turns 40.

With approximately 1.2 million abortions annually, abortion is one of America's most common surgical procedures.

Despite its prevalence, most Oregonians do not know much about it. Test your knowledge to see how much you know about abortion in Oregon:

True or false:

1. Abortion is the leading cause of death in Oregon.

2. Women seldom have more than one abortion.

3. Abortion numbers are highest among teens.

4. The pregnancy rate and the abortion rate both are dropping equally.

5. Planned Parenthood is America's No. 1 abortion provider.

6. Abortion clinics are required to abide by the same health and safety standards as apply to all other surgical centers.

7. Following abortion, many women suffer with guilt, anxiety, depression, and alcohol and drug abuse.

8. At four months, children in the womb can hiccup, frown, move their arms and legs, suck their thumbs and develop sleeping habits.

9. Abortion is illegal after the fourth month of pregnancy.

10. Abortions performed because women were victims of rape or incest account for 10 percent of all abortions.

Roe vs. Wade has resulted in the deaths of more than 55 million developing babies, and it has held women prisoners to the grief and guilt of a past abortion.

Out of compassion for unborn children and their mothers, pro-lifers work to help save them both from abortion.

Pregnancy help centers, where women contemplating abortion are given life- affirming support, outnumber abortion clinics.

Post-abortion counseling is available to help mothers who grieve over a past abortion and have discovered that abortion hurts, not helps, women.

While this year we mourn the loss of the 55 million babies, we are thankful for the millions who have been saved from abortion. Abortions in America are at an all-time low, and in Oregon they are now at their lowest since abortion was legalized.

Abortions in Oregon have dropped from a high of 14,000-plus a dozen years ago to 9,522 in 2010.

Those who work in the pro-life arena are honored to offer life-affirming alternatives to women in unplanned pregnancies.

More and more often, we see our work validated by women who once were shocked, scared and contemplating an abortion, now say, "My baby is the joy of my life! I cannot even imagine that I once considered abortion!"

And now for the answers:

1. True. In 2010, 9,522 developing babies with a beating heart died. Cancer, in second place, killed 7,630 (Oregon Vital Statistics, 2010 annual report).

2. False. Forty-two percent of abortions are on women who have had one or more previous abortions (Oregon Vital Statistics, 2010 annual report).

3. False. Women 20 to 24 years old have the most abortions; abortion is second most common among women 25 to 29 years old (Oregon Vital Statistics, 2010 annual report).

4. False. While pregnancy rates are dropping, abortion rates are dropping more rapidly. Of the women who become pregnant, a smaller percentage are choosing abortion, showing that women are rejecting abortion as an answer to unplanned pregnancies (Oregon Vital Statistics, 2010 annual report).

5. True. Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in its 2010-11 fiscal year. While abortions in America continue to decline, the number that Planned Parenthood does continues to climb (rgne.ws/WcpXYN).

6. False. Tattoo parlors and veterinary clinics have more state regulations guaranteeing health and safety standards than do abortion clinics (Testimony by Dr. Grant Higginson of the Oregon Department of Human Services before the House Committee on Rules, Feb. 25, 2003, and Oregon Administrative Rules).

7. True. Numerous published studies confirm mental health difficulties, including depression, guilt, anxiety and alcohol and drug abuse following abortion versus following delivery (American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Southern Medical Journal, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Science Monitor, Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Acta Paediatrica 94; Journal of Youth & Adolescence).

8. True (Carlson B., Human Embryology & Developmental Biology, Toronto, 2004; Tsiaras, A., and Werth, B., "From Conception to Birth, a Life Unfolds," New York, Doubleday, 2002).

9. False. Roe vs. Wade allows abortion through the entire nine months of pregnancy for any reason. There is no law in Oregon restricting late-term abortions. In 2010, 969 abortions during or later than the fourth month were performed (Oregon Vital Statistics, 2010 annual report).

10. False. Abortions due to a woman being a victim of rape or incest account for only 1.5 percent of all abortions (rgne.ws/VbWZgO).

Gayle Atteberry of Eugene is executive director of Oregon Right to Life.
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