US Abortions Down 25% Since 1990 High

More women using the Pill; both sides of debate claim victory
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 11:56 AM CST
US Abortions Down 25% Since 1990 High
An anti-abortion activist wearing a skull masks holds a baby fetus doll in his mouth during a protest near the City Legislature in Mexico City Tuesday April 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – About 1.2 million abortions were performed in the US in 2005, a 25% drop from the practice’s 1990 heyday, new data show. About 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in abortion in '05—the most recent year with data available—compared to 1 in 3 in the 1980s, the Los Angeles Times reports. “That’s a significant drop, and it’s encouraging,” one antiabortion activist said.

The study was conducted by a nonprofit abortion-rights group, but its figures are trusted—and used—by both sides of the debate. The pro-life crowd saw the findings as proof that new laws and discouragement tactics were working, while pro-choicers credited the morning-after pill, and noted that Oregon, recently rated the “least pro-life state,” saw the second-biggest drop. (Read more abortion rights stories.)

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