A CDC report released Wednesday by the federal government said that the abortion rate in the United States was the lowest since 1971. The report published by the CDC stated that data reported from 47 states showed the abortion rate in 2013 was 12.5 for every 1000 women aged 15-44. This rate is 5 percent lower than the 2012 recorded amount.
The last time the rate has been registered being this low was in 1971, two years before the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.This follows a trend with abortion in general across every state.
There have been fewer abortions over the same time frame. The downward trend has been falling faster in conservative states. The latest CDC report does not cover rates in California, Maryland, and New Hampshire.
Those states don't share their data with the federal agency. The data gap is made up by an extensive study conducted by the Associated Press. This information combined with the CDC report offers a clearer picture of their findings.