A new study of U.S. abortion rates, taken by the Guttmacher Institute, reports their numbers are the lowest since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The pro-abortion research group found that in 2017, the most recent year from which data is available, there were 862,000 abortions performed in the United States, down about 7% from the 926,000 recorded in 2014 and nearly half of what it was during the 1990s.
The Guttmacher Institute cited several factors for the decrease, including the decline in unexpected pregnancy due to a greater accessibility to contraceptives and the nearly 400 abortion restrictions enacted throughout the nation since 2011. These aspects may not entirely explain the downward trend, however, as it noted that 57% of the decreases were found in states which experienced no reform.
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