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Number of Abortions Hits Lowest Since 1973

Rate in 2017 was less than half what it was in 1990
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2019 8:52 AM CDT
In this May 21, 2019 file photo, August Mulvihill, of Norwalk, Iowa, protests recent abortion bans at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. A new report shows that the number and rate of abortions across...   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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(Newser) – The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the US in 2017. That's down from 926,000 tallied in the group's previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million for 2011. Guttmacher is the only entity that strives to count all abortions in the US, making inquiries of individual providers. The new report illustrates that abortions are decreasing in all parts of the country, whether in Republican-controlled states seeking to restrict abortion access or in Democratic-run states protecting abortion rights. Between 2011 and 2017, abortion rates increased in only five states and the District of Columbia. Highlights, per the AP:

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