A new survey by the Associated Press has found that almost everywhere in the U.S., abortions have gone down since 2010 — regardless of abortion policies in those states. Nationwide, A.P. notes a drop of about 12 percent. In states like Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma, which have been most aggressive in passing anti-abortion laws in recent years, the numbers dropped by more than 15 percent since 2010. More liberal states such as New York, Washington and Oregon saw declines of that same magnitude, however, while maintaining unrestricted access to abortion. The explanation for this, of course, depends on whom you ask. Pro-choice advocates attribute the trend to expanded access to effective contraceptives and sex education, paired with a drop in unintended pregnancies. Anti-abortion activists believe there has been a shift in societal attitudes, with more women choosing to carry their pregnancies to term. One undeniable major factor has been a decline in the teen pregnancy rate, which reached its lowest level in decades in 2010, and has continued to drop since then, according to experts.
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