A recent study has shown that the abortion rate in the United States is now at the lowest it’s been since Roe v. Wade, but not for the reason that conservatives think.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the U.S. abortion rate has fallen to it’s lowest level in 2013 since the groundbreaking Roe v. Wade ruling.
The report looked at 47 states and indicated that, in 2013, the abortion rate was 12.5 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 14 and 44. This is a 5 percent decrease from 2012 and a 20 percent increase from 2004.
The CDC counted a total of 664,435 abortions, though the number would have been higher if California, New Hampshire, and Maryland had submitted data. Regardless, California’s abortion rate has been shown to be steadily decreasing along with the national average. According to the CDC, the abortions performed in the three states that did not submit data account for about 21 percent of all abortions performed in the country.
While right-wing anti-abortion advocates would like to attribute the decrease in abortions to abstinence-only education or stricter abortion laws that have consistently been passed in states across the country, it simply isn’t so. In fact, the decline in abortions performed can be directly attributed to increased insurance coverage of contraceptions, increased use of more effective forms of birth control, like the IUD, and fewer adolescent pregnancies.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make his best effort to overturn Roe v. Wade while he is in office. Decreasing access to abortion, while always at the top of the Republican agenda, is not the way to stop abortions from being performed.
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