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New Study: US Abortion Rate at All-Time Record Low

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 12:17 PM

The abortion rate in the United States fell to 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age, the lowest rate ever recorded, according to a Guttmacher Institute study released on Tuesday.

This marks a 14-percent decline from 2011. Also, for the first time since 1975, the number of abortions in the U.S. fell to less than one million (958,700 in 2013 and 926,200 in 2014). Abortions hit a high of more than 1.6 million in 1990.

The study, "Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2014," by Rachel Jones and Jenn Jerman, did not investigate reasons behind the declining abortion rate, but the authors suggest potential factors.

One theory was that improved contraceptive use in recent years has caused a decline in the unintended pregnancy rate, because women are increasingly able to plan their pregnancies and do not have as much a need for abortions.

Another suggestion was that a large number of abortion restrictions passed by states over the past few years may have contributed to the decline by making it more difficult for women to access needed services in highly restrictive areas.

However, the study did not find a clear and consistent relationship between the states that have these restriction and changes in the abortion rate of those states.

NPR noted that each side of the abortion debate used the study to support its case.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said the study "shows that we're finally doing a better job of helping women get access to birth control that's affordable and that's high-quality."

Anticipating a fight with the incoming Trump administration over federal funding for women's health services provided by Planned Parenthood, Richards told NPR that "We shouldn't go backwards on access to birth control."

On the other side of the abortion debate Americans United for Life spokeswoman Kristi Hamrick said the report shows that state restrictions on abortion are working, citing as an example laws requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound as having a "real, measurable impact on abortion … These have been game-changers, and we see the abortion rate dropping in response."

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