New federal report shows pregnancy and abortion rates at record low

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue outside the U.S. Supreme court during an annual March for Life event, in Washington, Jan. 22, 2015. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

A new federal report has found that pregnancy rates and abortion rates are at a record low since 1976, and the lowest they’ve been since the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics began keeping track in 1990. The report analyzed statistics from 2010, finding that of pregnancies in 2010, 65 percent resulted in live births, 17 percent were miscarried and 18 percent ended in abortion. Sally Curtin, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics and the report’s co-author, says that proportionally abortion rates are even lower than they were in 1976: “If we put abortions in context, you can see that in a given year, the numbers of abortions, which is 1.1 million, is about the same as fetal loss,” says Curtin. “It used to be very different, if you look back; the number of abortions in 1976 was almost twice that.”

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