By Jeff Dunetz
According to a research study conducted by the Associated Press since 2010, the number of abortions has declined in 43 of the 45 states that compile and report the data.
The study included data from every state except California, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Wyoming.
Overall, there has been a 12 percent drop in abortions over the past five years:
Explanations vary. Abortion-rights advocates attribute it to expanded access to effective contraceptives and a drop in unintended pregnancies.Some foes of abortion say there has been a shift in societal attitudes, with more women choosing to carry their pregnancies to term.
Several of the states that have been most aggressive in passing anti-abortion laws—including Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma—have seen their abortion numbers drop by more than 15 percent since 2010. But more liberal states such as New York, Washington and Oregon also had declines of that magnitude, even as they maintained unrestricted access to abortion.
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One of the reasons for the decline mentioned in the AP report is a decrease in numbers of teenaged pregnancy which displayed sharp drops in 2010. Teen pregnancies haven’t been reported since 2010 but officials believe the trend has continued.
Americans United for Life’s president, Charmaine Yoest “suggested that the broad decrease in abortions reflected a change in attitudes among pregnant women.”
“There’s an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture,” she said. “There’s an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born…”
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