Abortions Fall in Nearly Every U.S. State, Survey Finds

by Jack Linshi
from Time.com

Abortions across the United States have decreased some 12% since 2010, according to a new survey on the most recent data from states’ health departments.

Data analyzed by the Associated Press in a report released Sunday indicates a roughly 15% drop in states that have proposed aggressive anti-abortion laws, including Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri. Similar declines were also seen in states that continue to allow access to abortions, like New York and Washington.

While abortion-rights supporters attributed the drop to greater access to contraceptives and a falling teen pregnancy rate, the report noted, anti-abortion advocates pointed to a cultural shift in which more women are choosing to carry their pregnancies the full term.

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