Study: Abortion rate at lowest point since 1973


The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study …


Suggestions as to why varies with the source of the opinion.


The study only seems to account for surgical abortions, and ignores the rapidly growing number of chemical abortions.


That would be like the south highfiving themselves that slavery was at its lowest numbers while the north was trying to unsuccessfully abolish it.


The news article seems to think that these abortions have been accounted for in the study.

Monday’s report showed a shift in women’s preferred method of abortion. Researchers found that nearly one in four of all non-hospital abortions were a result of the abortion pill, up from 17 percent in 2008. The total number of abortion providers declined 4 percent over the same period.

There is nothing I read so far that would indicate that chemical methods are not included.


My course of study wasn’t intensive in statistics, and I took an introductory Logic course instead. So this might be a silly question. I just read CDC numbers saying the overall birth-rate is lower in general, right now. Is there any relevance or significance to be found here?


So abortions are down and teen pregnancies are down. Now of course the unintended consequence is fewer births since traditionally the bulk of babies came from women in their 20s and below.

Perhaps young women are getting better at not getting pregnant? The spike in babies to women over 30 support this possibility.

Also, as a side effect of women being more concerned about their health maybe they realize that the various methods of abortion can cause issues to them.


It’s a shame that no anti-abortion groups fund abortion studies to find out why the abortion rate is declining. Instead, all the data is from secular sources and pro-lifers merely dismiss it out of hand when it contradicts their expectations.


Perhaps the increase in honest sex-ed programs that advocate for condom use have had an impact… It could also be the increased access to affordable contraception.


From The Guttmacher Institute: Use of Highly Effective Contraceptives in the U.S. Continues to Rise, with Likely Implications for Declines in Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

New U.S. government data show that while the overall level of contraceptive use among reproductive-aged women has held steady, the proportion of contraceptive users who rely on the most effective methods increased. In particular, the use of long-acting, reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods has jumped to almost 12%, the highest level ever recorded in the United States.

Guttmacher calculations based on new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that during 2011–2013, 90% of U.S. women aged 15–44 who wanted to avoid pregnancy used contraceptives. That percentage is virtually unchanged from 2006–2010. However, the new data also document an ongoing shift in the contraceptive method mix toward more effective methods. Significantly, use of LARC methods, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants, increased. The proportion of all contraceptive users who relied on LARC methods reached 12% in 2011–2013. By contrast, only 2.4% of contraceptive users relied on LARC methods in 2002, rising to 3.7% by 2007 and 8.5% by 2009. LARC methods now represent the third most commonly used category of reversible contraceptives, after the pill (26%) and condom (15%).

LARC methods have several important strengths: They are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, can provide protection for up to 12 years, and do not require women to remember to use their method every day or every time they have sex. The shift to these methods—which virtually guarantee consistent and correct use—can play an important role in reducing unplanned pregnancy and abortion, given that the more than two-thirds of women (68%) who use contraceptives consistently and correctly over the course of a year account for only 5% of unintended pregnancies. It’s important to note that women weigh many factors when choosing a contraceptive method, and it is essential that this choice be made voluntarily and with the woman’s informed consent.

Contraceptive usage numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be here.


:thumbsup: Thanks, no conflict of interest with Planned Parenthood’s research institute, Guttmacher institute. So why don’t the number of abortions they provide decline? Planned Parenthood, a America’s top-abortionist. I guess the US Government can stop funding this “not-for-profit” organization.


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