Always nice to hear this…although just one is one too many.
Data from Mississippi:
Since hitting a high of nearly 15 percent in 1997, Mississippi has seen steady decline in abortion rates each year. The rate went from 7 percent in 2005 down to 6.1 percent in 2006 (the last year we have the statistics). These rates are at the lowest since Mississippi was forced to legalize abortion in the mid-1970s.
From the Associated Press:
The number of abortions in the United States dropped to 1.2 million in 2005, the lowest level since 1974 and down 25 percent from the all-time high of 1.6 million in 1990, according to report issued Thursday.
According to the Guttmacher data, the number of abortions declined by 8 percent between 2000 and 2005, from 1.31 million to 1.21 million. Similarly, the 2005 abortion rate of 19.4 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 was down 9 percent from 2000.
Abortion rates were highest in Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Maryland and California. Rates were lowest in largely rural states: Wyoming, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah.
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