The abortion rate in the United States dropped to the lowest number since abortion was 39 years ago in 1972. The abortion rate among women in the United States was most-recently analyzed from 2008 to 2011 according to a BBC report on Monday. Additionally, the number of abortions reported by the Guttmacher Institute asserts that abortion has dropped 13 percent.
The drop in the abortion rate is said to have been before a number of state laws restricted access to abortion as the laws were passed since 2011.
Increased uses of contraceptives and a declining rate of pregnancies were attributed as the reason for the drop in the abortion rate according to researchers. Specifically, Rachel Jones – the head author of the researched study – said that contraceptive use improved during the analyzed period, as more women and couples were using highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods such as the IUD. She continued by stating that the recent economic recession led many women and couples to avoid or delay pregnancy and childbearing.
Per annum, United States abortion rate fell to 16.9 abortions for every 1,000 women in 2011 which is down from the 1091 peak of 29.3 for every 1,000 women. The rate hasn’t been lower since 1973 when the rate was 16.3 abortions for every 1,000 women. 1973 was the year that the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion via Roe v. Wade.
The data was gathered from clinics and state health departments.