U.S. Abortion Rate Drops To Lowest Since Roe V. Wade
The researchers credit improved access to contraception and an increase in state regulations on the procedure.
Los Angeles Times:
Abortion Rate Declines To Historic Low, With Obamacare A Likely Contributor, Study Says
The U.S. abortion rate has hit its lowest point since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to a new study. The researchers estimated that there were 926,200 abortions in 2014, or 14.6 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age. That was down 14% from three years earlier. “We saw declines in abortion in almost every single state,” said Jenna Jerman, a public health researcher at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights think tank in New York, and a coauthor of the study, which was published Tuesday in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Though the study did not look at the reasons for the decline, the authors and other experts suggested that improved access to contraception played the biggest role by preventing unintended pregnancies. (Agrawal, 1/17)