The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that the rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade.
The study, based on 2009, was published on Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The CDC also said that about 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Availability of abortion providers, state laws, the economy and access to health services, including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC.
The report said: “Despite these multiple influences, given that unintended pregnancy precedes nearly all abortions, efforts to reduce the incidence of abortion need to focus on helping women avoid pregnancies that they do not desire."
"Providing women and men with the knowledge and resources necessary to make decisions about their sexual behavior and use of contraception can help them avoid unintended pregnancies.”