Teen Abortion Rate Drops; Not So With Adults

Economic factors put 20-somethings at risk, study finds
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 12:48 PM CDT
Sex education has proven effective for teens, but older women have been neglected.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – US teenagers are having fewer abortions than ever before, but their adult counterparts can’t say the same, Newsweek reports. According to a new, nonpartisan study, teen abortions have fallen almost 30% over the past 30 years, as millions of dollars were pumped into sex-education programs. But women aged 20-29 have seen much smaller declines, and still see rates above 1974 levels.

“Today, most of the women having abortions are moms struggling to take care of the children they already have,” said one researcher. Part of the reason for the problem is that 20-somethings are less likely to have health insurance. “You could full-well know that the pill or IUDs are effective,” said the researcher, “but if you don't have health insurance … that's not going to help you much.”