All statistics measuring abortion in the United States—the rate, the ratio to live births, and the absolute number—reached a ‘historic low’ in 2016, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data revealed.
In 2016, the most recent year available, a total of 623,471 abortions were performed, declining 13,000 from the previous year.
During the same time period, the abortion rate dropped to 11.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age and the ratio fell to 186 abortions per 1,000 live births, the report found.
The agency compiled data from 48 reporting areas—47 states plus New York City. (California, Washington D.C., Maryland, and New Hampshire did not report data.)
The total number of abortions decreased by 24% in the past 10 years, according to the report.
About 91% of abortions happened in the first trimester, and 1.2% were during the third trimester. It found 59% of women who had abortions had given birth before, and nearly 43.1% had had an abortion before, the Washington Examiner reported.
Though 1.2 percent may seem small, it still represents thousands of pain-capable, late-term unborn babies’ abortion deaths.
Women in their 20s accounted for the largest percentage of abortions, according to the new figures.
This means that this age-group is also largely responsible for the historic drop in abortion rates.
“Pro-lifers are passing protective laws, changing hearts and minds, and helping women through pregnancy help centers,” Michael New, an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and professor at the Catholic University of America, said. “These new numbers from the CDC provide additional evidence that pro-life efforts to build a culture of life are succeeding.”
From providing free diapers and ultrasounds to educating parenting students about their rights on campus to sidewalk counseling to laws that protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions, pro-life leaders are making a difference in the lives of countless families every single day, according to LifeNews.
However, abortion activists claimed that the drop is due to increased birth control access and declining pregnancy rates. They also claim the drop may be because more women are aborting their unborn babies on their own at home.
Not since the United States Supreme Court allowed abortion on demand in 1973 through Roe v. Wade, abortion rates rose steadily to reach a peak of nearly 30 per 1,000 women between 1980 and 1981, according to prior Guttmacher Institute research.
Since then, abortions have trended downward, hitting record lows year after year since 2007, Daily Mail reported.