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News on Abortion in the United States

Posted by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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US abortions fall 5 percent, biggest drop in a decade

By Mike Stobbe, AP

NEW YORK - U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.

The reason for the decline wasn't clear, but some experts said it may be due to better use of birth control during tough economic times. Their theory is that some women believe they can't afford to get pregnant.

"They stick to straight and narrow ... and they are more careful about birth control," said Elizabeth Ananat, a Duke University assistant professor of public policy and economics who has researched abortions.

While many states have aggressively restricted access to abortion, most of those laws were adopted in the past two years and are not believed to have played a role in the decline.

Abortions have been dropping slightly over much of the past decade. But before this latest report, they seemed to have leveled off.

The new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that both the number and rate of abortions fell 5 percent in 2009, the most recent statistics available from most states.

Nearly all states report abortion numbers to the federal government, but it's voluntary. A few states — including California, which has the largest population and largest number of abortion providers — don't send in data. Experts believe there are more than 1 million abortions performed nationwide each year, but because of the incomplete reporting, the CDC had reports of about 785,000 in 2009.

For the sake of consistency, the CDC focused on the numbers from 43 states and two cities — those that have been sending in data without interruption for at least 10 years. The researchers found that abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age fell from about 16 in 2008 to roughly 15 in 2009. That translates to nearly 38,000 fewer abortions in one year.

Mississippi had the lowest abortion rate, at 4 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. The state also had only a couple of abortion providers, and has the nation's highest teen birth rate. New York was highest, with abortion rates roughly eight times higher than Mississippi's. New York is second only to California in number of abortion providers.

Nationally since 2000, the number of reported abortions has dropped overall by about 6 percent and the abortion rate has fallen 7 percent, but the figures essentially leveled off for a few of those years.

By all accounts, contraception is playing a role in lowering the numbers.

Some cite a government study released earlier this year suggesting that about 60 percent of teenage girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception, including the pill and patch. That's up from the mid-1990s, when fewer than half were using the best kinds.

Experts also pointed to the growing use of IUDs. The IUD, or intrauterine device, is a T-shaped plastic sperm-killer that a doctor inserts into a woman's uterus. A Guttmacher Institute study earlier this year showed that IUD use among sexually active women on birth control rose from under 3 percent in 2002 to more than 8 percent in 2009.

IUDs essentially prevent "user error," said Rachel Jones, a Guttmacher researcher.

Ananat said another factor for the abortion decline may be the growing use of the morning-after pill, a form of emergency contraception that has been increasingly easier to get. It came onto the market in 1999 and in 2006 was approved for non-prescription sale to women 18 and older. In 2009 the age was lowered to 17.

Underlying all this may be the economy, which was in recession from December 2007 until June 2009. But well afterward, polls have shown most Americans remained worried about anemic hiring, a depressed housing market and other problems.

You might think a bad economy would lead to more abortions by women who are struggling. However, John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health, said: "The economy seems to be having a fundamental effect on pregnancies, not abortions."

More findings from the CDC report:

  • The majority of abortions are performed by the eighth week of pregnancy, when the fetus is about the size of a lima bean.
  • White women had the lowest abortion rate, at about 8.5 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age; the rate for black women was about four times that. The rate for Hispanic women was about 19 per 1,000. 
  • About 85 percent of those who got abortions were unmarried. 
  • The CDC identified 12 abortion-related deaths in 2009. 

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lazycervix
by Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM
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I am glad the rate has dropped I think women should all have access to IUD's or implanon since its nearly fullproof. I plan on giving my daughter implanon when she is 16 and again at 19 and if she wants it again at 21 I want it to be her decision when to have kids not an accident. I also don't want her to face the decision of abortion so good birthcontrol is the best way to keep that from happening.

Tyease
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I'm glad the rate has dropped. My daughter took it upon herself to go to Family Planning and put herself on birthcontrol. At first I was a little upset until I stopped and thought about it, It's better to be safe than sorry. If more people took on the responsibility of birthcontrol the abortion rate will continue to drop. And that will be a blessing all in itself.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

 I believe educating our children on sex and birth control is important.  I believe they make better choices for themselves when they understand the possible consequences of having sex. 

Quoting Tyease:

I'm glad the rate has dropped. My daughter took it upon herself to go to Family Planning and put herself on birthcontrol. At first I was a little upset until I stopped and thought about it, It's better to be safe than sorry. If more people took on the responsibility of birthcontrol the abortion rate will continue to drop. And that will be a blessing all in itself.

 

SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I think an IUD prevents a fertilized egg from implanting?I don't like that bc I believe that life begins at conception...

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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Then don't use an IUD and use another form of birth control.

Quoting SandyLaxner:

I think an IUD prevents a fertilized egg from implanting?I don't like that bc I believe that life begins at conception...

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gdiamante
by Silver Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM


Quoting SandyLaxner:

I think an IUD prevents a fertilized egg from implanting?I don't like that bc I believe that life begins at conception...

How an IUD Works

Hormonal and copper IUDs work in different ways. With a copper IUD, a small amount of copper is released into the uterus. This type of IUD does not affect ovulation or the menstrual cycle. Copper IUDs prevent sperm from being able to go into the egg by immobilizing the sperm on the way to the fallopian tubes. If an egg does become fertilized, implantation on the wall of the uterus is prevented because copper changes the lining of the uterus.

With hormonal IUDs, a small amount of progestin or a similar hormone is released into the uterus. These hormones thicken cervical mucus and make it difficult for sperm to enter the cervix. Hormonal IUDs also slow down the growth of the uterine lining, making it inhospitable for fertilized eggs.



Liz132
by Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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 That's great news. I'm pro life but think  pro choicers would agree.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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I am pro-choice and I do agree.

Quoting Liz132:

 That's great news. I'm pro life but think  pro choicers would agree.


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SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Never did,and never will need to.

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

Then don't use an IUD and use another form of birth control.

Quoting SandyLaxner:

I think an IUD prevents a fertilized egg from implanting?I don't like that bc I believe that life begins at conception...


tooptimistic
by Kelly on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM

That's really great.. no matter what the reason is. 

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