Friday, October 22, 2010

The Abortion Rate in the United States: Low but still High

The abortion rate in the United States has dropped significantly, 1.2 million in 2005. This has been the lowest rate since 1974. The United States is still has one the highest rate of abortions in the world. The current rate is 21 per 1,000 women. Whereas some countries, such as the Netherlands, has a rate of only 9 per 1,000 women.  This can be contributed to the lack of sex education in schools in the United States. The rate of medical abortions however is rising, as opposed to surgical. Most women who have abortions are between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine. Less than one percent are under fifteen.  Not to much surprise, abortion is one of the most popular surgical procedures in the United States. Almost 50% of unintended pregnancies in the United States end in abortion. The use of contraceptives and the Plan B day after pill becoming over the counter has helped the drop in abortions however.


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