Teen Abortion and Pregnancy Rates Reach Historic Lows as More Babies Saved From Abortions

The number of teen abortions in the U.S. fell to a historic low in 2011, following a national trend, according to a new report. http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/12/teen-abortion-and-pregnancy-rates-reach-historic-lows-as-more-babies-saved-from-abortions/ The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, a former research arm of Planned Parenthood, released the new report showing that abortions among teenagers are at the lowest point since 1973 when Roe v. Wade allowed abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. Teen pregnancies also hit an all-time low in 2011, according to the report. The 2011 teenage abortion rate was 13.5 per 1,000 women, the lowest since 1973, according to the report. The new number is a drop of nearly two-thirds since 1988, when the teen abortion rate peaked, the report states. The numbers appear to indicate that more pregnant teens are choosing to give birth to their babies. While the report found that fewer teens are getting pregnant, the numbers also indicated that the teens who are getting pregnant are not as likely to choose abortion. The researchers found that the number of teenage pregnancies that ended in abortion declined by one third from 1985 to 2007. Fewer teens are getting pregnant at all. The report found that about 5 percent of American teens became pregnant in 2011, or about 52 per 1,000. That’s a drop of 23 percent from 2008 and a more than 50 percent drop from 1990, according to the report. The report also discovered major differences in birth and abortion rates between racial groups: “The birthrate in 2011 for non-Hispanic white teenagers (21.7) was less than half that among non-Hispanic black teenagers (47.2) and Hispanic teenagers (49.6). The abortion...