Planned Parenthoood rally at the State Capitol.

Planned Parenthoood rally at the State Capitol.

“Several states are reporting their abortion rates have fallen to lowest point in four decades, underscoring a drop in abortions nationwide,” The Washington Examiner reports.

“Last year, abortions declined 6.5 percent in Utah, 8.7 percent in Ohio and 10 percent in Wisconsin, state officials have reported over the last week. In all three states, the abortion rate is now at its lowest point on record,” the Examiner reports.

“The decrease in Wisconsin has been especially marked. The abortion rate there peaked in 1980, when 20 women of childbearing age out of every 1,000 had an abortion. In 2014, just six women out of every 1,000 obtained the procedure,” the Examiner notes.

So, if abortions are plunging, why are taxpayers continuing to fund Planned Parenthood?

Contraception is available at drug stores and community health centers at a lower cost than Planned Parenthood charges.

Community health centers also outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics by a factor of about ten to one.

But taxpayers are continuing to shell out a half-billion dollars, despite plunging demand for its only unique service.

The reason?

Republican leaders.

“As more Republican lawmakers demand Congress immediately take up legislation to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood in the wake of new undercover videos revealing the sale of fetal tissue, GOP leaders are seeking a slower path to passage that can draw wide support,” The Washington Examiner reports.

“In the House, a Planned Parenthood defunding measure is moving even slower. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, first wants a trio of committees to investigate Planned Parenthood, which won’t happen until September at the earliest,” the Examiner reports.

Rather than move now, when Americans are outraged, Boehner wants to “build a case” for a bill voters already support.

“Obviously the speaker supports defunding Planned Parenthood and believes if we are going to be successful in enacting legislation on that issue, we need to build a case to bring Democrats and Republicans together,” a top Republican aide told the Washington Examiner.

“I think it’s stunning that there has been no response from the House other than to talk about an investigation,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told the Examiner. “At this point, we should move forward and defund Planned Parenthood.”