U.S. Abortion Rate Continues to Decline, Reaching Historic Low in 2017

U.S. Abortion Rate Continues to Decline, Reaching Historic Low in 2017
Regional and State Disparities in Abortion Access Have Widened

September 18, 2019
News Release, Guttmacher Institute

The U.S. abortion rate dropped to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017, the lowest rate recorded since abortion was legalized in 1973 and an 8% decline from 2014, according to a new Guttmacher report by Rachel Jones, Elizabeth Witwer and Jenna Jerman. The number of abortions also declined to 862,320 in 2017, 7% fewer than in 2014. Birthrates declined in almost all states during this period, indicating that fewer people became pregnant, not that more individuals chose or were made to give birth rather than have an abortion.

The Guttmacher Institute’s 18th census of all known abortion-providing facilities in the United States identified 808 clinic facilities providing abortions in 2017, a 2% increase from 2014. However, during that time, longstanding regional and state disparities in abortion access grew even more pronounced: The number of clinics increased in the Northeast (by 16%) and the West (by 4%) and actually decreased in the Midwest (by 6%) and the South (by 9%). In 2017, 89% of U.S. counties did not have a clinic that provided abortion services, and 38% of women of reproductive age lived in these counties.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2019/us-abortion-rate-continues-decline-reaching-historic-low-2017


Half of the Abortion Applicants in Israel Claim Pregnancy Is Out of Wedlock, Study Says

Half of the Abortion Applicants in Israel Claim Pregnancy Is Out of Wedlock, Study Says
A study by the Central Bureau of Statistics found that half of the applicants for abortions in 2016 claimed their pregnancies were out of wedlock to avoid invasive examinations or providing medical records

Ido Efrati
Dec 19, 2018

Half the women in Israel who applied to abortion committees in 2016 claimed they were not married to the man who impregnated them, the Central Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday.

Some nine percent of pregnancies in Israel are aborted intentionally. In 2016, 18,032 women applied to their local termination of pregnancy committee, as required to obtain approval for an abortion. Of these, 92.3 percent were approved.

Continued: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-half-of-abortion-applicants-in-israel-claim-pregnancy-is-out-of-wedlock-study-says-1.6761653


Fewer Israeli women having abortions

Fewer Israeli women having abortions
Israeli statistics bureau says rate of abortions continues to fall, less than half abortion rate 30 years ago.

David Rosenberg
18/12/18

The percentage of pregnancies being terminated by abortions continues to fall in Israel, according to data gathered by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

According to the CBS data, nearly all requests for approval of abortions are accepted by the state abortion board, with 99.3% of requests being granted, compared to just 0.7% which were rejected.

Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256340


The American abortion rate is at an all-time low

The American abortion rate is at an all-time low
We have better birth control to thank.

By Sarah Kliff
Dec 3, 2018

The United States’ abortion rate has fallen dramatically over the past decade, new federal data shows.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the national abortion rate declined 26 percent between 2006 and 2015, hitting the lowest level that the government has on record.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/12/3/18119528/abortion-rate-decline-2018-birth-control-iud-pill


What will happen to Ireland’s abortion rate after repeal?

What will happen to Ireland’s abortion rate after repeal?

Eoin Flaherty
Aug 6, 2018

In May, Irish voters backed a proposal to amend a constitutional provision which placed a ban on abortion in most cases. But what impact is the referendum result likely to have on the Irish abortion rate in the coming years? Eoin Flaherty explains that the circumstances which drive marriage, divorce, and abortion rates are complex and are not susceptible to short-term changes in social policy. As such, it is too simplistic to assume that a change in the law will necessarily result in a direct increase in the number of abortions being carried out.

Before going to the polls on 25 May, those opposed to liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws claimed the results of a successful repeal would be dire. One report on likely future scenarios from the ‘LoveBoth’ campaign, predicted an extra 5,300 abortions per year post-repeal. Due to its constitutional prohibition on abortion, Ireland does not keep reliable data on those who travel to procedure terminations, but of those who do, we are certain the majority travel to the UK. In 2017, a total of 3,092 terminations were procured by Irish women, constituting 64% of all terminations sought in England and Wales by non-residents.

Continued: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/08/06/what-will-happen-to-irelands-abortion-rate-after-repeal/


Switzerland – Abortion cases on the rise among women over 30

Abortion cases on the rise among women over 30

June 24, 2018

In Switzerland, the number of teenage abortions has been falling for years but women over 30 are increasingly terminating their pregnancy, according to the Sunday edition of Tages-Anzeiger.

Since 2005, the abortion rate among teenagers has almost halved, reports the Zurich-based newspaper, citing the Federal Statistical Office.

Continued: https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/children--no--thanks-_abortion-cases-on-the-rise-among-women-over-30/44213058


UK -Women in their 30s are behind first surge in abortion rates in six years, as generation faces growing pressure over their careers

Women in their 30s are behind first surge in abortion rates in six years, as generation faces growing pressure over their careers

- More than a third of abortions last year were carried out for women over 30
- Teenage abortion has plunged alongside the rapid drop in teen pregnancies
- The increase in abortion levels among older women points to growing pressure on a generation of women over careers

By Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail

Published: 7 June 2018

The number of abortions in England and Wales is rising for the first time in six years, pushed up by a surge in terminations for older women.

More than a third last year were carried out for women over 30, and there were nearly three times as many abortions among over-30s as there were for teenagers.

Teenage abortion numbers have plunged alongside the rapid drop in teen pregnancies over the past decade.

Continued: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5819363/Women-30s-surge-abortion-rates-six-years.html?ito=email_share_article-top


Lower rates in countries where abortion is legal

Readers Blog: Lower rates in countries where abortion is legal

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Repeated international studies have shown that in countries where abortion is legalised there tends to be lower abortion rates than in countries where abortion is illegal or restricted.

An example in practice is Switzerland who has one of the lowest abortion rates in the world, followed closely by Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.

All these countries allow for abortion unrestricted up to 12 weeks. When Portugal legalised abortion in 2007, legal abortions matched illegal abortion rates initially and then declined over time until finally stabilising.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/yourview/readers-blog-lower-rates-in-countries-where-abortion-is-legal-839766.html


37,618 abortion cases recorded in Azerbaijan in 2017

37,618 abortion cases recorded in Azerbaijan in 2017

19 APril 2018

37,618 abortions were performed in Azerbaijan in 2017, Sevinj Mammadova, chairperson of the Health Ministry's Obstetrical Commission, director of the Republican Perinatal Center said on Thursday, APA reported.

For the most part, the abortions were carried out on women aged 18-25, said Mammadova, adding that no death resulted from these operations.

Mammadova also noted that five women under 18 had an abortion last year.

http://en.apa.az/azerbaijani-news/social-news/37-618-abortion-cases-recorded-in-azerbaijan-in-2017.html


Want to lower the abortion rate? Support pro-choice policies

Want to lower the abortion rate? Support pro-choice policies
The chief lesson of a new report is that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn’t end abortion, it just makes it less safe

Jill Filipovic
Sat 24 Mar 2018

Want to lower the abortion rate and prevent maternal deaths worldwide? Support pro-choice policies. That’s the takeaway from a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, which looks at abortion around the world.

The chief lesson of the report is one pro-choice advocates have known for years: that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn’t end abortion, it just makes it less safe. And opposition to abortion tends to come along with opposition to contraception and women’s rights more broadly – and the limited contraception access that results means a higher abortion rate.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/24/want-to-lower-the-abortion-rate-support-pro-choice-policies