U.S. Abortion Rate Drops To An All-time Low

Posted: Dec 12 2015, 9:52am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to an All-time Low
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  • Abortion Rate Hits Record Low in US

According to a recent report the abortion rate in the U.S. has declined to a very low rate.

A report by federal resources revealed that the abortion rate in the U.S. has decreased one third over the past two decades down to a record low.

The lead author of the report, Sally Curtin, a statistician for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics specified the numbers by stating that there had only been 17.7 procedures per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.

She also mentioned that it was the lowest rate of abortion since the CDC started to keep track of the abortion rate since 1976.

According to the records, the rate of abortions has been declining ever since it peaked in 1980. As per recorded by the CDC pregnancy rates have been declining for women under the age of 30.

That is inclusive of a 67 percent reduction for teens which aged 14 or younger and a 50 percent reduction for teens between the ages of 15 to 19.The abortion has already hit the all-time low mark once before in 2010. 

Kathryn Kost, co-author of the report and the principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health think-tank, commented that there are many factors which are likely to contribute to the reduction in  abortion rate.

Such as the increase in the use of highly effective birth control as one of the most important trends. She also added that while the abortion rate has reduced among teenagers, pregnancy rates have increased for women aged 30 and older between 1990 and 2010. These numbers are suggestive that couples are using effective contraception and making a smart choice to start their families later in life. 

Another factor that Kost suggested was of consideration was that the number of unintended pregnancies had also fallen across the board. That meant that fewer women were getting pregnant when they didn’t want to. That meant that the rate of pregnancies and hence abortions was also declining. This was all thanks to the latest contraception. 

Randall O'Bannon, director of education and research for the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund added that the attitude of people and the society had also changed towards abortion. Women or teenagers usually choose to deliver their babies rather than get an abortion due to assistance offered to them in adoption, financial aid and school assistance. Kost added that the Pro-life pregnancy care centers really played a role in the decline of pregnancy rates.

Furthermore, the upturn in the restrictions on abortions really saw its direction between 2011 and 2012. She said that the decline was happening before the restrictions were lifted. 

In recording the three outcomes of pregnancies, that is, live birth; abortion; or fetal loss through miscarriage or stillbirth,  the pregnancy rate was the lowest on record hence it affected the other two as well. 

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