Abortion Rates Decline

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Abortion Services in the United States, 1991 and 1992

Based on a study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

Summary

Why the drop in abortions?

The AGI study authors, Stanley Henshaw and Jennifer Van Vort, list three possible reasons:

Some conclusions

NUMBER OF REPORTED ABORTIONS (in 1,000s)
Year Total
1992 1,528.9
1991 1,556.5
1990 1,608.6
1988 1,590.8
1985 1,588.6
1980 1,553.9
1973 774.6

NUMBER OF ABORTIONS BY STATE
# of abortions
  1992 1988
AL 17,450 18,220
AK 2,370 2,390
AZ 20,600 23,070
AR 7,130 6,250
CA 304,230 311,720
CO 19,880 18,740
CT 19,720 23,630
DE 5,730 5,710
DC 21,320 26,120
FL 84,680 82,850
GA 39,680 36,720
HI 12,190 11,170
ID 1,710 1,920
IL 68,420 72,570
IN 15,840 15,760
IA 6,970 9,420
KS 12,570 11,440
KY 10,000 11,520
LA 13,600 17,340
ME 4,200 4,620
MD 31,260 32,670
MA 40,660 43,720
MI 55,580 63,410
MN 16,180 18,580
MS 7,550 5,120
MO 13,510 19,490
MT 3,300 3,050
NE 5,580 6,490
NV 13,300 10,190
NH 3,890 4,710
NJ 55,320 63,900
NM 6,410 6,810
NY 195,390 183,980
NC 36,180 39,720
ND 1,490 2,230
OH 49,520 53,400
OK 8,940 12,120
OR 16,060 15,960
PA 49,740 51,830
RI 6,990 7,190
SC 12,190 14,160
SD 1,040 900
TN 19,060 22,090
TX 97,400 100,690
UT 3,940 5,030
VT 2,900 3,580
VA 35,020 35,420
WA 33,190 31,220
WV 3,140 3,270
WI 15,450 18,040
WY 460 600

ABORTION RATES
(per 1,000 women, ages 15-44)
Highest Lowest
DC 138.4 WY 4.3
NY 46.2 SD 6.8
HI 46.0 ID 7.2
NV 44.2 WV 7.7
CA 42.1 UT 9.3


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Posted 16 Sep 2000.

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