US Abortion Rate Drops Significantly, Particularly Among Teens
October 9, 2002
The Alan Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday that the US abortion rate dropped 11 percent between 1994 and 2000, from 24 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age to 21. The rate among girls ages 15 to 17 declined 39 percent, from 24 abortions per 1,000 girls to 15. Analysts have credited a broad set of factors for those trends, including fear of AIDS and other STDs, and more open discussion with youngsters about sex. At the same time, researchers were surprised by a 23 percent increase in abortions among women who earn less than twice the federal poverty level of about $17,000 for a family of four. Researchers said more funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs has probably improved awareness and access to contraceptives. Similarly, they said that less money for family planning programs for poor women could be one factor for the increase in their abortion rate.
10.08.02; Sara Kugler
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