[Lifesite News] Yearly abortions in the United States dropped to their lowest number since 1973 in 2015, according to data just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
2015 saw 638,169 reported abortions, the Washington Examiner reports. That’s a 2% decrease from 2014, and a 24% decrease from 2006. The actual number of abortions is undoubtedly higher, as states aren’t legally required to report abortion data. Abortions in California, Maryland, and New Hampshire aren’t included at all in the report.
In comparing the CDC’s data to that of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, the National Right to Life Committee’s most recent State of Abortion annual reportnotes that Guttmacher reports over 270,000 more abortions than the CDC did in 2014.
Pro-lifers have called for more stringent and comprehensive abortion reporting requirements, but in the meantime several trends can still be observed.
Of the abortions that were committed, almost 60% were for women in their twenties. Almost 60% of women who had abortions were already mothers, and almost 44% had previously had at least one other abortion.
Perhaps the most encouraging news was that teenage abortions have dropped 41% since 2006. Tragically, at least six women died from abortion-related complications in 2014 – all of which were from legal abortions, not back-alley procedures.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Calvin Freiburger and posted first at Lifesite News. This is not an endorsement of Lifesite News]