Thursday, February 06, 2014

Why Are Abortion Rates Declining?

By Mike McManus
February 6, 2014

America's abortion rate fell to its lowest level since 1973 when the Supreme Court legalized it in Roe v. Wade that allowed unrestricted abortion on demand.

It dropped by 13% from 2008 to 2011, from 1.2 million a year to only 1,058,000. That figure is also an even bigger drop from the 1.6 million in the peak year of 1990.

The biggest declines were between 1990 and 2003, but the fall of abortions stalled at about 1.25 million through 2008, before dropping another 150,000 by 2011.

What explains the recent drop?

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