STEEP DROP IN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY IS BEHIND THE 2008-2011 U.S. ABORTION DECLINE

March 4, 2016 • Daily Email Recap

STEEP DROP IN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY IS BEHIND THE 2008-2011 U.S. ABORTION DECLINE

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New research shows that the 2008-2011 abortion decline was driven by a steep drop in the unintended pregnancy rate, which in turn is most plausibly explained by improved contraceptive use. This new evidence has major implications for the U.S. abortion debate, argues a newGuttmacher Policy Review analysis. The findings not only affirm that contraceptive use is a highly effective way to reduce abortion incidence, but also strongly contradict explanations for the decline put forth by opponents of abortion rights.
A Guttmacher Institute study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows that the U.S. unintended pregnancy rate declined 18% between 2008 and 2011, to its lowest level in three decades. The NEJM study also finds a substantial drop in unplanned births and no change in the proportion of unintended pregnancies ending in abortion. The authors point out that contraceptive use improved during the same period.

 


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