US abortion rate drop to record low

Anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington this Jan. 18, 2019 photo. AP
Anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington this Jan. 18, 2019 photo. AP

NEW YORK – The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.

The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That’s down from 926,000 tallied in the group’s previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million counted for 2011.

Guttmacher is the only entity that strives to count all abortions in the U.S., making inquiries of individual providers. Federal data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention excludes California, Maryland and New Hampshire. (AP)

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