US Abortion Rate Drops 25% in Six Years

Three independent studies (two by the federal government and one by the Guttmacher Institute) found that the number of abortions for women ages 15 to 44 dropped from 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women in 2008 to 14.6 in 2014. That means there are 1 in 4 less abortions in the United States! Furthermore, the overall abortion rate is LOWER than it was in 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided and when the abortion rate was 16.3 per 1,000 women.

For the first time, the drop is representative of the greatest decline in the abortion rate among the poorest women in America. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate of women earning at or below the poverty level decreased by 26% during the same time period. It is important to note that, at 36.6 abortions per 1,000 women, the low-income group still represent the highest proportion of American women obtaining abortions.

Thorough data on the reasons for the decline in the abortion rate is not yet available. However, in the coming weeks, we will be featuring factors we believe to be causing this decline.


Factors Contributing to the Drop in the U.S. Abortion Rate:

Less Teen Intercourse A Factor in Drop in US Abortion Rate


Reference Links:

American Journal of Public Health

Washington Post

US Abortion Rate Drops 25% in Six Years
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US Abortion Rate Drops 25% in Six Years
US Abortion rate drops 25% in six years. Lowest abortion rate since Roe V. Wade.
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