Abortion Rates Fall To Historic Lows

Sharolyn Smith

Salem, OR — This fall, the Guttmacher Institute and the Centers for Disease Control released their latest abortion statistics. Their reports showed that abortion ratios and rates are at their lowest numbers ever documented.

“No matter the reason, lower abortion numbers are good news, news that everyone should be happy to hear,” says Lois Anderson, ORTL executive director. “At any stage of pregnancy, abortion ends an innocent, developing human life.”

Despite numbers dropping almost across the board, one figure rising is the rate of chemical abortions from RU-486. The CDC reported a 14% increase between 2015 and 2016, responsible for as much as 39% of the total number of abortions. As of December 31, 2018, the FDA has documented 24 deaths of women from this method and over 4,000 cases of serious adverse events.

“While we continue to be encouraged by the declining numbers of abortions, our society has a long way to go,” says Anderson. “Even one abortion reflects a failure to provide resources for a woman in an unsupported pregnancy.”

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CDC report: https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm

Guttmacher report: https://www.guttmacher.org/report/abortion-incidence-service-availability-us-2017


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