Kristan Hawkins

For 41 years, abortion has been legal in America.With two grossly uninformed decisions in 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the Supreme Court laid down some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, putting the United States on par with North Korea and China.

Yet, the will of the American people is increasingly pro-life. And while the election and re-election of the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history was certainly a negative for our pro-life movement, it has served as a catalyst for pro-life activists nationwide who no longer look to Washington for the justice we seek. And this is being demonstrated right now in your state or the one next to you.

Abortion arguably reached its pinnacle around 1990, when the abortion rate peaked to its highest point since Roe v. Wade. The number of abortion facilities reached an all-time high one year later, in 1991, when there were 2,176 active surgical abortion centers. But today that number has dropped by 73%, and the abortion rate has, for the most part, steadily declined since its 1990 peak.

These statistics along with the the new report from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, which show that the amount of pro-life laws passed in the states in the past three years (2011-2013) has surpassed that of the pro-life successes of the entire preceding decade that (2000-2010). That has the pro-abortion movement scrambling.

And it’s no wonder why. The New York Times recently outlined the legislative accomplishments of the pro-life movement in 2013 alone, citing 3 bans on abortions committed past 20 weeks of gestation; 4 abortion restrictions based on the reason for the abortion; 4 amendments to abortion reporting laws; 9 restrictions on abortion providers; 10 limitations on insurance coverage for abortion; 17 limitations on medication abortions; and 23 "other" laws, which include ultrasound requirements, bans on abortion earlier than 20 weeks, etc.

Kristan Hawkins

Kristan Hawkins is the President of Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization with over 700 groups nationwide. She is author of the new book “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.”