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After 40 years, the abortion rate in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest level since becoming a legal procedure.
According to USA Today, there has been a 13 percent decrease in the abortion rate and the number of abortions in the years 2008 to 2011. The findings will be published in a study by the Guttmacher Institute.
The lowest rate in 1973 was a rate of 16.3 per 1,0000 women in the 15-44 age group and that continued to rise until it peaked at 29.3 in 1981. Since then, it has dropped to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women in 2011.
"It shows that women are rejecting the idea of abortion as the answer to an unexpected pregnancy," Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee said.
Along with the abortion rate, the number of abortion clinics have also fallen. The Associated Press said that a report stated that the number of clinics dropped by 4 percent making the number of available clinics go from 1,720 in 2008 to 839 in 2011.
Rachel Jones, the lead author of the report, believes the decrease in abortion clinics is a link between the steep national decline in pregnancy and birth rates.
States listed as the highest in abortion rates are New York, Maryland, Deleware and New Jersey. The lowest states with abortion rates include Wyoming, Mississippi, South Dakota, Kentucky, and Missouri.