Abortion Rates Fall to Their Lowest Points in Over 30 Years

The CDC expanded on its figures it released last week showing that abortions dropped another three percent in 2010 and are down 8 percent over the last two years. The new report shows the abortion rate has fallen to its lowest point in over 30 years.

The new report said:  “The abortion rate was the lowest recorded during the 1976–2009 period and has dropped almost continuously since 1980. The abortion rate in 2009 (18.5) was 32% lower than in 1990 (27.4). The 2009 abortion rate for teenagers (16.6 per 1,000) was less than one-half the rate in 1991 (37.4) and 1990 (40.3).”

Among pregnant unmarried women, the abortion rate fell from 47.7 per 1,000 in 1990 to 28.9 per 1,000 in 2009. Among pregnant married women, the abortion rate fell from 10.6 per 1,000 to 6.1 per 1,000 over the same time. Combined, the rate fell about a third and is the lowest since 1976 — just three years after the Supreme Court allowed virtually unlimited abortions in Roe v. Wade..

The pregnancy rate also declined to its second-lowest level in 30 years, falling from 115.8 per 1,000 to 102.1 per 1,000, with the largest declines coming in teen pregnancy rates. The abortion rate among teens has not fallen as dramatically as the pregnancy rate.

As more and more abortion clinics continue to close nationwide, the number of abortions nationally continues to decline.

The three percent decline in 2010 follows on the heels of a five percent decline in 2009. The CDC reported 753,000 abortions in 2010, but that includes just 45 states and the best national estimate is about 1.2 million abortions taking place annually.

Thanks to pro-life state laws holding them accountable for health and safety standards, de-funding, and exposing abortion practitioners who are botching abortions or running afoul of the law. As LifeNews reported  after the closure of an abortion clinic in Philadelphia:

The closure of Integrity Family Health represents the 47th abortion clinic closed so far in 2013. This number does not reflect abortion clinics that temporarily closed then reopened this year.

With the shuttering of Integrity Family Health, 616 surgical abortion clinics remain in the U.S. from a high of 2,176 in 1991. This represents a 72% decline in abortion facilities in the past 22 years, a real indicator that abortion is a failing business.

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