U.S. Births Fell to a 32-Year Low in Record Slump as abortion rates soar to new highs.
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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.
The abortion ratio -- the proportion of abortions to live births -- is also down to historic lows. In 2005, the abortion ratio was about 233 abortions for every 1,000 live births; in 2015, it was 188 abortions for 1,000 live births.
This decline in abortions is happening amid other positive trends in reproductive health. The number of teen pregnancies in the United States, for example, has decreased dramatically since the 1990s -- and a lot of that seems to have to do with young adults using better contraception.
It is also part of an international trend, too: Separate research has found that -- looking even further back in history -- abortion rates in developed countries across Europe and North America are all declining. In the early 1990s, there were 45 abortions for every 1,000 women between ages 15 and 44. That figure has now dropped to 27 abortions per 1,000 women.