US Abortions Fall 5%, Biggest Drop in a Decade
Researchers think recession played a role
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2012 6:11 PM CST
Aprotester holds anti-abortion flyers as he waits for people to approach Planned Parenthood in downtown Washington in this April file photo.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – US abortions fell 5% during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say. The decline, detailed today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Both the number of abortions and the abortion rate dropped by the same percentage.

Mississippi had the lowest abortion rate, at 4 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. The state also had only a couple of abortion providers and has the nation's highest teen birth rate. New York, second to California in number of abortion providers, had the highest abortion rate, roughly eight times Mississippi's. Nationally since 2000, the number of reported abortions has dropped overall by about 6% and the abortion rate has fallen 7%.

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Nov 22, 2012 10:48 AM CST
In Texas where they have enacted strong dead beat dad laws, % of gross income child support laws, and with the federal gov. offering child support programs, becoming a mom is becoming a profession. 1 mom, several dads = guaranteed income.
Nov 22, 2012 3:34 AM CST
of course. better access to birth control. duh.
Nov 22, 2012 2:19 AM CST
You can be pro-choice and still thrilled to see these numbers. I like knowing the option is out there . . . and I like that the option isn't being used (hopefully wasn't needed) as much as it was last year.