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Number of Abortions in America Fell 12% Since 2010

Abortions are in the decline in the United States. A new Associated Press survey found that since 2010, across the country, the number of abortions performed has fallen by 12 percent. Somewhat surprisingly, the decline was seen in liberal states where access to abortion providers is not as restrictive, as well as states that have passed new, strict anti-abortion laws. Though a fall in teen pregnancies is partially credited with the drop, the AP spoke to advocates on both sides of the debate for their report, to get their opinions on why abortion is on the decline.

The president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America partially credited the drop with the wide availability of contraception, telling the AP, “Better access to birth control and sex education are the biggest factors in reducing unintended pregnancies,” adding, “More restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the need for abortions.” The president of Americans United for Life told the outlet, “There’s an entire generation of women who saw a sonogram as their first baby picture. There’s an increased awareness of the humanity of the baby before it is born.” You can read the entire report here

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