Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The Abortion Rate In The U.S. Is At An All-Time Low
These charts are from the Guttmacher Institute. They show that the abortion rate in the United States has been dropping for many years now -- and the current rate is lower than the rate before Roe vs. Wade.
Why is it dropping? Right-wing fundamentalists will be quick to tell you that it's because of the new abortion restrictions they have passed. But the second chart shows that is not true. The states without those restrictions actually outnumbered the states with them among states where the rate has fallen. And states with those restrictions outnumber the states without them in states where the rate actually increased.
A much more likely cause for the fall in the abortion rate is the increased reliability of contraception methods and better access to those methods.