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CDC report shows decline in abortion rate in US, a look at the reasons

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report Wednesday that shows a continued decline in the overall abortion rate in the U.S.

The report says abortion rates have dropped to their lowest level in 10 years. The CDC report summarizes abortion data for 2015 that were provided by the central health agencies. From 2006 to 2015, the number of reported abortions fell 24 percent, from 842,855 to 638,169. Women in their twenties accounted for the majority of abortions in 2015 and throughout the period of the analysis. The CDC did not give a reason for the decline, but some analysts say improved access to pregnancy resource centers and new legislation at the state level likely contributed.

We discuss how abortion is trending in the United States and the possible reasons behind the decline.


Rachel Jones, principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based research and policy organization working to advance sexual and reproductive health; her focus includes abortion

Clara Paik, clinical professor and director of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Davis Medical Center