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Abortion rate falls to lowest since 1973, says Guttmacher study The cause is up for debate
By Jennifer Rey
2011 numbers are in, and a Guttmacher Institute report (“Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011,” by Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman) released today claims a decreased abortion rate of 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44. This is significantly lower than the peak at 29.3 per 1,000 in 1981 and the lowest since a rate of 16.3 per 1,000 when Roe v. Wade passed in 1973.