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CDC Report: Abortion Rate At Lowest Level In Decades

| by Robert Fowler

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the rate of abortion in the U.S. was lower in 2013 than it had been in decades, reaching the lowest frequency of abortions since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

On Nov. 23, the CDC released its latest report of abortion that occurred in the U.S. in 2013, factoring in data from 47 states, omitting California, Maryland and New Hampshire, the Associated Press reports.

The CDC report found the average rate of abortion in those 47 states was 12.5 per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44-years-old -- a 20 percent drop from numbers recorded in 2004, and roughly half the rate of abortion in 1980.

The year 2013 proved to have the lowest rate of recorded abortions in the U.S. since 1971. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision made abortion a legal right nationwide.

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The CDC report also found that 58 percent of abortions in the U.S. occurred with women in their twenties, while teenagers accounted for 11.7 percent of total abortions.

The data indicated that 92 percent of abortions occurred within the first 13 weeks of the pregnancy, with only 1.3 percent occurring after 20 weeks.

The study also found that the state with the least occurrence of abortions was Mississippi, which constituted 3.6 percent of the national total while New York had a share of 24.3 percent.

On Nov. 16, another CDC report found a stark difference between the rate of teen pregnancy in urban areas and rural areas within the U.S.

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The study found that while there were roughly 19 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19-years-old in urban areas, the rate was roughly 31 per 1,000 women in the same age bracket in rural areas, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite the higher rate of teenage pregnancy in rural areas, the study found the teenage birth rate in all U.S. communities had declined from 2007, dropping by 50 percent in urban areas and 37 percent in rural areas.

President-elect Donald Trump vowed to appoint SCOTUS justices who would be eager to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would nullify abortion as a constitutional right.

On Nov. 13, Trump told CBS News' "60 Minutes" that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, then "it would go back to the states."

The President-elect added that women who live in states that would opt to make abortion illegal would "have to go to another state."

Sources: The Associated Press via USA TODAY, CBS News' 60 Minutes, Los Angeles Times / Photo Credit: Franciscans of the Immaculate/Flickr

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