Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Report Shows Mixed Statistics on Abortion Rates in U.S.

LA Times: The 'why' behind new abortion stats, by Shari Roan:

Abortion rates in the United States have declined to their lowest levels since 1974, according to a report released today. However, Latina and black women obtain abortions at rates three and five times higher, respectively, than white women -- a reflection of income, according to the authors of the report from the Guttmacher Institute, an organization that conducts research, policy analysis and public education of sexual and reproductive health issues.

A major factor influencing abortion rates, said the authors of the report, is access to affordable contraception and improved contraceptive technology.

See also Time: Abortion Rate Falls, But Not For All Women

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