A new report from the CDC today shows the abortion rate has dropped to a historic low as more babies are being saved from abortion.
After peaking in 1980 at 29.3 procedures per 1,000 women, the U.S. abortion rate has steadily declined as more states have passed pro-life laws and thousands of pro-life pregnancy centers have started that provide real help and support for pregnant women and their children instead of just abortion.
In 2019, the abortion rate fell to a historic low of 11.4, well below the 13.5 per 1,000 women in 1973.
Why? That’s because fewer women are having abortions even though America’s population is increasing.
From 2010 through 2019, the number of reported abortions fell by 18% from 762,755 to 629,898 as more than 130,000 babies were saved from abortion. At the same time, the population increased by about 20 million — meaning the overall rate has fallen. In fact for women aged 15-44 the abortion rate has dropped 21%.
The CDC report uses figures from the 47 states but California, Maryland and New Hampshire did not report abortion data from 2010-2019. That means the figures are higher but since those states haven’t reported abortions for years the CDC data has been consistent over the years so the drop is one that can accurate be measure when comparing the same 47 states over time.
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Those who do undergo abortions are more likely to be unmarried and in their 20s as the average age trends upward.
The 2019 CDC report found that 56.4% of abortions were for women in their 20s, with those ages 20 to 24 undergoing most of those procedures, or 34%. More than 85% of those obtaining abortions were unmarried.
Meanwhile, the teen abortion rate has dropped sharply. In 2014, girls and women ages 15 to 19 accounted for 12% of all procedures.
Women who undergo abortions are also more likely to be Black, not just as a percentage of the population, but also in absolute numbers.
In 2019, Black women received 132,878 abortions, or 38.4%, of the total. That was more than non-Hispanic White women, who came in second at 33.4%, according to CDC figures for the District of Columbia and 29 states that report by race and ethnicity.
The large percentage of Black women undergoing procedures has long rankled the pro-life movement, which has accused leading abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood of targeting Black and minority communities.
Hispanic women made up 21% of abortion recipients, slightly above their 18.7% share of the population, while “other” made up 7.2%. Women of all races have seen their abortion rates fall.
The report comes as a time when the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision — which would help save even more babies from abortion.