Abortion Rate Hits Historic Low, but Over 630,000 Babies still Aborted in US Every Year

Stoyan Zaimov | 26 November 2018
Abortion Rate Hits Historic Low, but Over 630,000 Babies still Aborted in US Every Year
Protesters march in support of pro-life abortion legislation in front of the Federal Courthouse in San Diego, California, April 14, 2017. | (Photo: Reuters/Sandy Huffaker)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the number of abortions in the U.S. has hit a historic low, according to a report released on Wednesday.

“Among the 49 areas that reported data every year during 2006–2015, decreases in the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions resulted in historic lows for the period of analysis for all three measures of abortion,” the report said.

The CDC report found that 638,169 abortions were reported from 49 states for 2015, which comes out to 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years, “and the abortion ratio was 188 abortions per 1,000 live births.” In total, the abortion rate decreased 2 percentage points from 2014, and as much as 24 percent from 2006.

The statistics showed that women in their 20s had the highest abortion rates, namely 31.1 percent for those aged 20-24, and 27.6 percent for those in the 25-29 age group.

A major drop was also reported when it comes to teenage abortions. Those aged 15-19 accounted for 9.8 percent of all reported abortions in 2015, which is a decrease of 41 percent from 2006.

The CDC did not comment on the decline, though both pro-life and pro-choice groups are taking credit.

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