Abortion in the US: lowest indicators in ten years

Publié le 10 Dec, 2018

According to the new statistics report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of abortions has hit a historic low. The annual report, entitled Abortion Surveillance – United States 2015, was published today and gives details on US abortion figures between 2006 and 2015. It indicates a fall in the abortion rate, taking all categories into account.


According to Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee, “That is due, in a significant way, to pro-life legislation that seeks to provide life-affirming solutions to abortion, combined with pro-life efforts that educate Americans about the effects of abortion and the humanity of the unborn child”.


The report highlights the following in particular:

  • In 2015, the abortion rate was 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women between fifteen and forty-four years old. This is a fall of 26% compared to 2006 figures when the rate was 15.9 abortions per 1,000 women.
  • The abortion rate in the fifteen- to nineteen-year-old category fell by 56% over the same period.
  • The total number of abortions has fallen from 842,855 in 2006 to 638,169 in 2015. This is a decrease of 24%.
  • In 2015, there were 188 abortions per 1,000 live births compared to 233 per 1,000 in 2006, i.e. a fall of 19%.

Reuters, Barbara Goldberg (21/11/2018)

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