Thursday, January 8, 2009

numbers on (surgical) abortions

From Jonathan Bor of the Baltimore Sun, an article on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on (surgical) abortion's declining prevalence (hat tip: C-J)...

Between 1990 and 2004, the estimated abortion rate declined by 24 percent. In no single year did the rate even inch upward.

"It's been dropping since the late '80s, especially for teenagers but for all age groups, too," said Stephanie Ventura, head of the reproductive-statistics branch at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

The rate fell 55 percent among girls 15 to 17; 44 percent among those 18 and 19; 30 percent among women 20 to 24 and 12 percent among women 25 to 29. Abortions among women in their 30s and 40s fell by smaller percentages.

Meanwhile, the number of abortions declined 390,000 over the time period to 1.22 million in 2004.


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