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The Guttmacher Institute released a report indicating abortion is at its lowest rate in the United States since the procedure was legalized in 1973. The report, which is more comprehensive than statistics released from the federally-funded Centers for Disease Control, shows a downward trajectory in the number of abortions obtained between 2014 and 2017. According to Guttmacher, the number of abortions dropped seven percent.
“Approximately 862,320 abortions were performed in 2017, down seven percent from 926,190 in 2014,” a summary of the report states. Another way of showing the downward trend is to say that in 2017 there were 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44, which is a drop from 2014’s 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women. These numbers have been declining since their peak in 1980.
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As encouraging as the downward trajectory is, it is worth noting that the U.S. is a long way from being practically abortion-free. Guttmacher’s report indicates 18 percent of pregnancies ended in abortion in 2017. That number doesn’t include miscarriages.
Another interesting fact is that medication abortions are growing. A stunning 39 percent of the abortions recorded were induced through medication instead of a surgical procedure. This number is up from 29 percent in 2014.
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Why Have the Numbers Gone Down?
As far as why abortion numbers are dropping, Guttmacher speculates it is due to greater access to contraceptives, thanks in part to things like the Affordable Healthcare Act, which covers the cost of contraceptives for more people.
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