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Abortion Rate at Lowest Level Since '73, Study Shows

According to study results from a pro-choice research institute as reported by The Christian Post, the abortion rate in the U.S. dropped in 2011 to its lowest point since the legalization of the procedure by Roe v. Wade in 1973. The number of abortions in this country fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to their new research. The abortion rate dropped to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2011, down from 16.3 in 1973, says the study, which will be published in March. The abortion rate in 2011 looks significant particularly in light of the highest rate of 29.3 recorded in 1981.

“Contraceptive use improved during this period, as more women and couples were using highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods,” the lead author, Rachel Jones, is quoted as saying. “Moreover, the recent recession led many women and couples to want to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.”

Pro-life group National Right to Life Committee attributed the decline in the abortion rate to advocacy by like-minded organizations. “It shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to an unexpected pregnancy,” according to the group’s president, Carol Tobias.

Americans United for Life says the research cannot be trusted fully as it reflects merely voluntary self-reporting by abortion providers. “It is impossible really to know the true abortion rate,” the group’s president, Charmaine Yoest, tells the newswire.

The report notes that the highest abortion rates were in New York, the District of Columbia, Delaware and New Jersey—the states that are seen as liberal. The lowest abortion rates were in Wyoming, Mississippi, South Dakota, Kentucky and Missouri.