CDC: Abortion Down, Especially Among Teens

December 2, 2019

(MedPage Today) – The number of abortions in the U.S. in 2016 fell to their lowest level in more than a decade, CDC researchers found. Compared with 2007, the total number of abortions dropped by 24%, the abortion rate declined 26%, and the abortion ratio was down 18%, with all three statistics recording the lowest levels for the analysis period in 2016, reported Tara C. Jatlaoui, MD, of the CDC, and colleagues. The biggest drop was among adolescents ages 15-19, among whom abortions fell 43% and the abortion rate dropped 56% in 2016 versus 2007, the authors wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries.