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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Falling Abortion Rates Leveling Off...But Wide State Variation

The economic recession gets blamed for everything, and this is no exception.  More interesting is the state-by-state comparison.

There were 1.2 million abortions in 2008.  This works out to about 20 for every 1,000 women.  This is down from the high of about 30 per 1,000 back in 1981.  The rate has been falling since then, until 2008 (last year for which  there are data).

But take a look at where the abortions are occurring.  USA Today Your Life (Jan 11) has a map and table that compares all the states. 

In Wyoming the rate is 0.9 per 1,000, while in Delaware its 40 per 1,000.  Whoa, quite a difference.

Kentucky and Mississippi are on the low end.  The welfare states--New York, Maryland, New Jersey, California--are on the high end.

We all know this is a highly charged political issue, but speculation that the economy is at work is exactly that...speculation: no data to suggest cause and effect.  In fact, there's some suggestion from the data that the leveling off in the decline started several years ago.

I offer this link for info, since there are dozens of news stories about it today.

Doc D

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