According to the most recent representative data on abortion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), abortion numbers in the United States are at their lowest since abortion was decriminalized in 1973 via Roe v. Wade.
The latest data, which would be from 2015, shows that the abortion rate is at 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women age 15 to 44. The total number of abortions reported decreased two percent between 2014 and 2015 and a total of 26 percent between 2006 and 2015. Time also reports that from 2006 to 2015, the abortion rate for women age 15 to 19 dropped by more than half. Truth be told, reported abortions have been on a slow decline since 1980.
Not included in the CDC’s report are statistics from California, Maryland, and New Hampshire, states that do not publicly report abortion totals.
Though the CDC didn’t provide an explanation for the decline in abortions, Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life Committee attributed the decrease largely “to pro-life legislation that seeks to provide life-affirming solutions to abortion, combined with pro-life efforts that educate Americans about the effects of abortion and the humanity of the unborn child.”
Others point to the success of pregnancy resource centers as another possible reason for the decline.
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