…to its lowest point since 1973.
That seems like unequivocally good news. The study didn’t examine why it happened, however. Theories: better long-term contraception methods, hard economic times, tighter laws restricting access to abortion in some situations, and greater awareness of fetal development through sonograms.
But whatever the reasons, here are the stats:
The study released Monday shows that, after a plateau from 2005 to 2008, the long-term decline in the abortion rate has resumed. The rate has dropped significantly from its all-time high in 1981, when there were roughly 30 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age. The overall number of abortions also fell 13 percent from 2008 to nearly 1.1 million in 2011, the study said.
I hadn’t known the abortion rate had been steadily dropping. That’s interesting, surprising, and good, even though we don’t know what the reason[s] have been.