CDC State Abortion Figures for 2014 Show Depth and Breadth of Abortion’s DeclineBy Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D. NRL Director of Education & Research
NRL News Today - December 22, 2017
Earlier this year, we were all delighted to find out that abortions, abortion rates, and abortion ratios had dropped to levels not seen since the early 1970s. The good news meant a drop of 2% in just one year.
Before we go further, here is the caveat that we offer every time. Unlike the CDC, Guttmacher has data from all fifty states and access to more abortionists, so numbers are more complete and its abortion totals are always significantly higher. The CDC’s reports, though, the latest being “Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2014,” are published more frequently and provide more information on the details and demographics of these trends, thus giving us some better idea of some of the factors that may end or extend the decline.
In addition to the fewer abortions, the CDC’s abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions/1,000 women of reproductive age (15-44 years). That is lower than any other rate the CDC has recorded since the Supreme Court legalized abortion.
The CDC abortion ratio, which measures the number of abortions for every 1,000 live births, was 186, again, lower than any ratio the CDC has found since 1973. Both long and short term statistics show not only are fewer women becoming pregnant but among those women who did become pregnant there are fewer abortions.
To reiterate, over the long term, the numbers of abortions, the abortion rates and the abortion ratio are down in virtually every state. Most states showed drops in most years going back over the past two decades or more. While most of the decreases were modest a few states had profound declines.
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