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Abortion rates drop
By Sue Mueller
Sep 23, 2008 - 3:26:47 PM

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Tuesday Sep 23, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- An analysis released Monday found that the overall abortion rate in the United States has dropped 33 percent in the past 30 years.

 

The data showed white women were much less likely to terminate their pregnancies than Hispanic and black women.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected the abortion data between 1974 and 2004.

 

Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute and colleagues found the abortion rate fell to the lowest, 20 abortions for every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2004 from 29 abortions per 1,000 women in 1980 in the age range.

 

There was some disparity in the abortion rates among different ethnic groups.   In 2004, abortions were performed in 1.05 percent white women ages 15 to 44 compared to 2.8 percent among Hispanic women and 5 percent among black women.

 

For those who have already had a child, the abortion rate increased from 4.6 percent in 1974 to 6.0 percent in 2004, suggesting that the trend that women cannot afford having another child, Jones was cited by Washington Post as saying.

 

Jones attributed the decline in the abortion rate to the focus on reducing teenage pregnancy and increasing use of contraceptives.





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