Abortions in U.S. Hit Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade

Pro-abortion Demonstrator 1971

The abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest rate since the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in 1973.

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization, found that in 2014 there were 14.6 abortions for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. In 1973, when Roe v. Wade was issued, there were 16.3 abortions per 1,000 women.

Abortion Rate Decline Chart

In 2013, there were less than one million abortions in the United States for the first time since the 1970s, notes NPR.

According to the Guttmacher Institute’s report, the decline in abortions can be attributed to both the increase in restrictions on abortion as well as the increased access to contraception.


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